Crop dusters clip each other, then crash

(Source: cNews)
(Source: cNews)

NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Emergency crews are investigating a serious crash involving two crop dusters.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday at around mile marker 44 on Interstate 55.

According to Sheriff Terry Stevens, the planes went down in an area about a mile north of the South New Madrid exit.

Stevens says the two planes clipped each other while in the air; they both then crashed.

The sheriff says initially crews thought there was only one plane involved.

Stevens says he later realized the two planes clipped each other in the air and that one of the planes was able to make it to the airport near Marston and land.

The pilots were father and son.

Buster Hampton was able to land his plane after his plane collided with his son's, Brent.

Brent was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center where he is in critical but stable condition.

Buster is OK.

Sheriff Stevens says the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Natural Resources will be involved in the investigation.

Crews closed off the area so that the wreckage is not disturbed.

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