Fatal Crop Duster Crash Near Bethel Island

BETHEL ISLAND (CBS 5) — The pilot of a crop dusting plane died Monday when the aircraft crashed on Webb Tract, an island just north of Bethel Island, in a remote agricultural area of Contra Costa County, authorities told CBS 5.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed the fatality.

Contra Costa Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said said it appeared the aircraft went down after clipping a tower about 11 a.m.

The island is only reachable by ferry or boat. As a result, the U.S. Coast Guard, the sheriff’s marine patrol and a CHP helicopter were summoned to the area.

The pilot was the only person aboard the S-2R Thrush Commander crop duster, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The pilot’s name was not released pending notification of his relatives.

FAA investigators were en route to the scene and would investigate the crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board, Gregor said.

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  • Ashley

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  • Jeremy

    it was only a matter of time until an ag pilot was needlessly killed by a meteorological evaluation tower (MET). Maybe now the wind energy developers will finally realize how dangerous these unmarked, unlit, unpainted, and invisible towers really are. I hope the family sues the pants off of the developer who decided to construct this tower without proper markings.

  • Tony

    I work as an Ag pilot and my employer is looking at putting up wind towers in the area. He has also put up two MET’s though they are hard to see sometimes, he has gone to great lengths to let other operators in the area know of their existance. I for one are for these measures to bring cheaper power to our rural area. I do sincrerely give my condolences to the operator and his family as i have to lost frineds to this dangerous industry.

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