Officials identify pilot killed in crop duster crash in Enid

ENID, Okla. - Authorities have released more information related to the crash of a crop duster near Enid.

Around 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday, officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol learned a crop dusting plane had crashed near Hwy 45 and Garland Rd., about a mile north of Enid.

Officials said the plane, which was owned by Deterding Aerial Spraying, crashed into the ground after it hit a guideline wire.

OHP confirmed to KFOR that the pilot of the plane was the only occupant and he died in the crash.

The pilot has since been identified as 52-year-old Rodney Sherry from Olton, Texas.

Pete Buss and his brother, Mitchell Buss, were nearby building a house when the incident happened.

"He was in really bad shape. I didn't think there was much we could do for him. We couldn't get him out. We didn't have the equipment to get him out of the cockpit or anything," Pete said. "When he hit the cable, I guess it released his bug spray or whatever. There was a big cloud and then, when he hit the ground, there was a big ball of dust."

Even those who did not know Sherry are shaken by his loss.

"Kind of makes you think about who you care about. Let them know. We're not here forever," Mitchell said.

"I've lost family members in tragic situations and just, hang on to God and believe He's there for you," Pete said.

This is the second fatal crop duster crash within the past month.

On May 30, Andy Deterding was killed after a crop duster he was flying crashed into a radio tower.