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Forum staff reports, Published August 24 2011

UPDATED: Pilot in critical condition in Fargo after crop duster crashes in Dickey County

MONANGO, N.D. – A pilot from LaMoure, N.D., is in critical condition at a Fargo hospital after his crop duster crashed Tuesday in Dickey County.

David Lux, 46, suffered a head injury and was contaminated with pesticide in the crash, North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Josh Rude said.

Lux was airlifted by CareFlight emergency helicopter from Aberdeen, S.D., to Essentia Health in Fargo, Rude said. A hospital spokeswoman said Lux was listed in critical condition as of 3 p.m. today.

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. three miles south of Monango, which is about 50 miles south of Jamestown.

Lux was crop dusting when the crash occurred, but authorities hadn’t been able to talk to him and didn’t know what caused the plane to crash into a ditch, Rude said.

Authorities impounded the airplane at a secure location at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate the crash, Rude said.