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Pilot killed in Michigan crash

BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The pilot of a crop dusting plane which crashed Saturday evening has died.

According to Michigan State Police, troopers from the Marshall Post were dispatched to a report of an airplane crash at approximately 5:29 p.m. Saturday evening.

A single engine aircraft had been crop dusting, applying agricultural chemicals shortly before the deadly crash.

The airplane crashed into a rural field just north of the intersection of Snow Prairie and Kosmerick Roads.

The airplane was occupied by a single pilot at the time of the crash and initial investigations reveal he may have died on impact.

An official cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.

The pilot has been identified as 25-year-old Phillip Ching, who worked for Lutes Flying Company.

The crash remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and MSP.

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