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Published August 25 2011

LaMoure pilot injured after crop duster crash

MONANGO, N.D. – A pilot from LaMoure 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. Wednesday.

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

Lux was crop dusting when the crash occurred.

Rude said it appears Lux was flying north when the wing of his plane clipped a tree and went down.

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