ENID, Okla. — A Texas man was killed early Tuesday morning in the crash of a crop duster north of Enid.
The pilot, and sole occupant of the plane, Rodney Sherry, 52, of Olton, Texas, died at the scene, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol press release. The plane was owned by Deterding Aerial Spraying, of Pond Creek, according to OHP.
The crash occurred about 7:10 a.m., and OHP Troop J Headquarters in Enid received reports of a crop dusting plane that crashed near Oklahoma 45 and Garland Road, about 1 mile north of Enid city limits. The plane struck a guy-wire — a high-tension cable providing stability to a freestanding structure — while in flight and crashed into a field.
It was the second fatal crop-dusting plane accident in a month in Oklahoma.
Pond Creek resident Andrew Deterding, 57, owner of Andy Deterding Ag Aviation, died May 30 in a crash near El Reno.
He was flying an S2R-T34 Thrush plane about 2 miles north of El Reno in Canadian County, when the aircraft struck a radio tower guideline, according to an OHP report.
The plane then hit the ground and caught fire, the report states. Deterding was pronounced dead at the scene with head, arm, leg and trunk internal injuries. He was transported by the state Medical Examiner's Office, according to the report.
According to other media reports, Deterding was spraying herbicides on fields at the time of the crash.
A post on Andy Deterding Ag Aviation's Facebook page, written by one of his children, states Deterding's memories and stories will live on through "every heart he touched."
"We lost a great man today. Andy was in a crash involving the guide wires on a radio tower and did not survive. I am at a complete loss of words, but a friend sent us this and it fits perfectly," the post states. "All we can be in this life is the best version of ourselves. We all try, day by day. Andy, lived that way, each day. He would wake up, and make the world a better place by being the best human being he could. He did it through his laugh, his jokes, his smile, his heart. He instantly made me feel at ease, as it was easy to see his gold heart shine through his body. In all he did, he walked around with light beaming out of him. Everybody he came across was a better person after experiencing his light."
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