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Crop Duster Catches Fire After Failed Takeoff Near Chestertown

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CHESTERTOWN, Md.- 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 according to Maryland State Police.

Police say the pilot was Martin Stoken, 30, of Felton, DE. Fire officials told troopers Stoken had possible minor injuries, but did not need to be taken to a hospital.

Police say the plane involved is a Grumman Ag Cat G164A crop dusting plane. They say the plane is owned by Delmarva Aerial Crop Service in Marydel, Md.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Maryland State Police responded to the report of a plane crash at a farm in the 10000-block of Flatland Road, in Chestertown.  Upon arrival, police say they found the plane fully engulfed in flames on a farm. The fire was extinguished by nearby fire companies.  The farm owners did not witness the crash and no one on the ground was injured. Police say their preliminary investigation shows the pilot reported he had safely performed an emergency landing at the farm on Saturday. After a mechanic worked on the plane, police say the pilot took off from the farm field on Sunday shortly after 2:30 p.m. Upon take-off, the plane lost power and hit a car trailer and a piece of farm equipment before landing upright on the ground. State police say the pilot got out of the plane on his own. The plane caught fire after he got out. 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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