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Michigan man dies after crashing crop duster plane into field

Michigan State Police are currently on-scene investigating after a body was pulled from a crop duster plane following a crash in a field near the intersection of Kosmerick and Clearwater roads just outside of Bronson around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. (WWMT)

Michigan State Police are investigating after a body was pulled from a crop duster plane following a crash in a field near the intersection of Kosmerick and South Snow Prairie roads just outside of Bronson around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

A source close to the investigation said MSP troopers were dispatched to the field around 5:47 p.m. and have since declared 25-year-old Phillip Ching of Elsie, Michigan as the single deceased occupant of the plane. A press release from MSP said Ching likely died on impact, but an autopsy is set to be performed on Sunday.

Witnesses told investigators that Ching was working to turn into another row of crops when the plane went down into the field. Officials confirm Ching was working on chemical application of the crops. The family has been notified, but a cause has yet to be determined.

A trooper with Michigan State Police said the plane is owned by Lutes Flying Services, which is based out of Shipshewana, Indiana. Ching was staying in Middlebury, Indiana for the summer working for Lutes.

The crash remained under investigation by MSP and the Federal Aviation Administration. Bronson Fire and Lifecare Ambulance assisted on the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board will be on scene tomorrow to continue the investigation.

This is a developing story. Stay with Newschannel 3 as we continue to gather more information.

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