Small plane crashes in Upper Valley

Gerald Miller
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 10:51am

UPDATE 12:04: At 10:26 this morning, NMSP officers responded to a downed aircraft at 1115 Borderland, Santa Teresa NM.

Pilot was crop dusting and flying too low, struck a tree with the right side wing. This cased the pilot to lose control and began to descend. As the pilot was descending, the landing gear came in contact with an irrigation canal. This then caused the plane to tip nose first, flipping nose over tail in an alfalfa field.

The pilot sustained very minor injury and walked away from the crash scene. He is identified as James Ross (62) of Las Cruces NM.

The FAA was advised of this crash.

UPDATE 11:54 AM: New Mexico State Police has confirmed that the pilot wasn't injured during the crash, according to some construction workers the aircraft is a dust cropper, we are still waiting for more information.

A small aircraft went down Tuesday morning in the area of Artcraft & Borderland in West El Paso.

No word on whether the aircraft ran out of fuel or what caused the aircraft to crash. There is also no official word on occupant(s) or injuries, but viewer Gerald Miller sent us photos from the scene and one includes a man - Miller says is the pilot walking around. From all pictures taken, you can see the physical damage the aircraft, a small cropduster, sustained. New Mexico State Police are handling the investigation; we are awaiting official details.


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