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Crash Injures Crop Duster Pilot

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The pilot of a crop dusting plane was injured when his small plane crashed west of Minot Air Force Base Sunday.

And it was nearly two hours until he was discovered by a fellow crop duster.

The Highway Patrol investigated the accident and says the pilot - 48-year-old Brian Sturm - reported a problem with the left wing of the airplane, causing the aircraft to go out of control.

He crashed about 7:30 Sunday morning and was able to crawl out of the cockpit of the plane.

He lay in the field until he was discovered about 9:15.

Sturm was taken to Trinity Hospital by helicopter for treatment of injuries that were termed "minor."

The single-engine Air Tractor plane was considered a total loss.

The Highway Patrol and FAA are continuing the investigation.

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