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Pilot unhurt after crop duster crash

For the second time in a month, authorities in Whitman County reported a crop duster crash.

The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office found an aircraft on its nose 100 yards west of the Colfax airport runway Thursday morning.

The pilot, Brian Windsor, 56, of Colfax, was not injured. Windsor told authorities the engine of his 1977 Grumman Ag-Cat, commonly used for agricultural purposes, lost power shortly after takeoff, forcing an emergency landing.

In January a 41-year-old Pocatello, Idaho, pilot escaped injury after making an emergency landing in a 1979 Grumman single-engine aircraft near the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating both crashes.

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