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Pilot killed in plane crash while crop dusting in Monona County

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A pilot died Saturday near Ute, Iowa, in Monona County when his plane crashed after striking utility wires while he was crop dusting.

The Monona County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the plane crashed shortly after 1 p.m. near 230th Street and Teak Avenue just south of Ute. The pilot, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 911 caller reported that the plane struck electrical lines prior to the crash. First responders found a plane in the roadway on fire, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation. Ute is a town of about 340 people located in northwest Iowa.

A tactical team prepares to enter a home during a gunfire investigation on Leavitt Street, Waterloo, Iowa, on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

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SERGEANT BLUFF — Cyclists from around the world ventured out on the first day of RAGBRAI on Sunday, heading east from Sergeant Bluff at sunrise with their sights set on Ida Grove.  

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Cyclists pass through Bronson and Anthon during the first day of RAGBRAI 2022 on Sunday.

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Charles City is not shy in expressing confidence about the welcome riders will receive when they roll into town Thursday, the fourth stop of six on the 2022 RAGBRAI rout.

kevin.cole@owh.com, 402-444-1272

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