SANDTOWN, Del.- Delaware State Police have released the name of a man critically injured after the crop duster plane he was flying crashed into a field in Kent County on Wednesday morning.
Troopers identified the man as 52-year-old Robert E. Waring, of Carlisle, Pa.
Police said that at around 9:20 a.m., Waring was operating a 1964 Grumman G-164 fixed-wing single engine crop duster over a cornfield in the 900 block of Mahan Corner Road (Papen Farms) near Sandtown.
Authorities said that after spraying the corn, Waring began to pull the plane up and clipped some electrical wires on the west side of the roadway. This caused the pilot to lose control of the aircraft and crash into a bean field on the west side of Mahan Corner Road.
Waring was pulled out of the aircraft by members of the Marydel Fire Company and initially transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital before being flown to Christiana Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control responded to the scene due to the pesticides and insecticides that were being carried on the aircraft as well as members of the Delaware Department of Agriculture.
State police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are continuing their investigation into the crash.