Durke, flying a double-wing yellow crop duster, owned by Clay Vincent Flying Service, was spraying a field four miles north of Kaplan. For unknown reasons, the engine died.
Durke glided his single-engine plane into an empty crawfish field off La. 700. The nose of the plane came to a stop in the mud of the drained crawfish field.
Durke walked away from the accident with no injuries.
His plane landed about a half mile away from Mourning Dove Road with homes on it.
Chase Kerr, who lives not far from where the plane went down, was on his way to helicopter mechanic school at 6:45 a.m. He was about to get into his car when he heard an engine kill on the crop duster that had just flown over his house.
“I know it’s bad when the engine dies,” said Kerr.
He saw the plane go down in the field and rushed to tell his mother to call 911. Instead of going to school, he rushed to a four-wheeler. He quickly drove the four-wheeler to the downed plane.
By the time he arrived, Durke was out of the plane.
The Sheriff’s Office, along with emergency personnel, arrived on scene a few minutes later.
At 10 a.m., the plane was still nose down in the mud and two Sheriff’s deputies had the plane roped off. They were waiting for an agent from the Federal Aviation Administration to arrive to investigate the crash.
After the FAA does the investigation, the plane is expected to be hauled off.