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Crop Duster Pilot Receives Minor Injury in Northeast Oregon Crash
04/09/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Spangle, Washington man received minor injuries Thursday morning when the crop duster airplane he was flying lost air speed, skipped across a field and impacted an embankment north of Cove, Oregon. The NTSB and FAA have been notified of the incident.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Recruit Trooper Travis Moody, on April 9, 2009 at approximately 8:40 a.m. a crop duster airplane operated by KEVIN T. KEIFER SR., age 37, from Spangle, Washington was flying over a field in the 69000 block of Lower Cove Road to verify it was the correct field to service. The single engine Ayres Corp. model S2R-T34 fixed wing airplane lost air speed while making a low pass, skipped across a field and impacted into a raised bank of Eckesley Creek. The airplane came to a stop about 150 yards from the first point of impact.
 
KEIFER received minor injuries but did not require transport from the scene to an area hospital. The owner of the airplane is reported as Cut Above Aviation in Spangle, Washington.
 
OSP troopers from the La Grande Area Command office responded with Union County Sheriff's Office, Island City Fire Department, and Cove Quick Response Team.