LAGOA FORMOSA MG Investigating Crop Duster Crash

Saturday, January 4, 2014
By George Hatcher

A crop-duster crashed in Lagos Formosa in Brazil.

The Embraer EMB-201A Ipanema owned by ENAGRI EMPR.NAC.DE AV.AGRICOLA LTDA was at Farm Gruta Grandes flying over “the Big Cave/ The Big Grotto” when it crashed, killing the pilot, twenty-six year old Paulo Henrique Blank Saad. The plane is suspected to have mechanical problems. The pilot was employed by Paracatu.

Witnesses saw the plane lose altitude and heard the engine experiencing problems. The farmer Carlos Gonçalves Pereira had hired the pilot to apply pesticides to his corn crop.

The Patos de Minas fire brigade responded to the scene, but the pilot was already dead.

The pesticide in the plane appears to have leaked into the water supply. Gelo Horizonte and SAAE water systems will be checking for environmental damage and the case is being reviewed by CENIPA- Centro de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronáuticos.

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