(Photo by Christina Truong)
ROBINSON (October 2, 2013)--The pilot of a crop duster walked away from a crash Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning was flying again, but not in the same plane.
In fact the damaged plane will remain in the Waco-area cotton field in which it crashed until the federal government shutdown ends and the Federal Aviation Administration is again able to investigate, Department of Public Safety trooper D.L. Wilson said Wednesday.
The pilot, whom Wilson identified Wednesday as Vincent Matthews, 49, of Gause, told authorities he was dusting the field when a large gust of wind caught the airplane, forced one of the wings to the ground and the plane went down.
The airplane, valued at about $160,000, flipped over and came to rest upside down in the field east of Robinson off Hacienda Wesley Road.
The plane's owner, Corpora Aerial Service, said Matthews was sore, but already was flying again Wednesday morning.