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Pilot killed in Butler County plane crash

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DAVID CITY — A 37-year-old Dorchester man was killed Thursday when the crop duster he was flying crashed in rural Butler County.

Ragnar Emrich was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported around 3:20 p.m. when the plane was spotted in a cornfield about 3 miles northeast of David City, near the intersection of county roads O and 38.

According to online information, Emrich operated his own business, Emrich Aerial Spraying based in Dorchester.

Butler County Attorney Julie Reiter said County Road 38 was closed between roads N and O while officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board made their way to the site.

The Butler County Sheriff's and Attorney's offices are also part of the investigation. David City Fire and Rescue responded to the crash, which was reported by a person in the area.

Access to the area was restricted following the initial response because of the presence of agricultural chemicals still inside the plane.

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