SUMNER (AP) — A preliminary report from federal aviation safety officials says a crop duster involved in a fatal crash in northeastern Iowa hit power lines before going down on Aug. 9.
The report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday says a witness told investigators that the airplane flew "very low" over his home early that morning and that he was "amazed it cleared the trees."
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The fiery crash near Sumner killed the pilot, 56-year-old David Baker, of Swedesburg.
The report doesn't list a definitive cause of the crash, but says the plane hit a set of power lines about 40 feet high before hitting a second set of power lines, a roof mounted antenna and a utility pole before crossing Highway 93 and crashing into a tree.