Crop Duster Catches Fire After Failed Take Off On Eastern Shore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland State Troopers found an eastern shore crop duster plane in flames after a crash Sunday afternoon.

No serious injuries were reported by the pilot of a small crop dusting plane that caught fire after a failed take-off this afternoon in Kent County.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., Maryland State Police at the Centreville Barrack were dispatched to the report of a plane crash at a farm in the 10000 block of Flatland Road in Chestertown, Md on the eastern shore.

Arriving troopers found the plane, a Grumman Ag Cat G164A crop dusting plane, fully engulfed in flames.  The fire was extinguished by area fire department personnel.  No one was reported injured.

The pilot is identified as Martin Stoken, 30, of Felton, DE.  Fire officials told troopers Stoken had possible minor injuries, but did not require transport to a hospital.

State police say the pilot reported he had safely performed an emergency landing at the farm yesterday.  After a mechanic worked on the plane, the pilot took off again from the farm field today shortly after 2:30 p.m. but upon take-off, the plane lost power and hit a car trailer and a piece of farm equipment before landing upright on the ground.

The pilot was able to get out of the plane safely, though the plane did catch fire after the pilot left the aircraft.  Troopers reported the plane was significantly damaged by the fire.

State Police notified officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.  FAA officials said they would be responding to the scene on Monday.

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