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Crop duster crashes near Brookings after flying through flock of ducks

Brookings County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle (file)
Brookings County Sheriff's Office
Brookings County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle (file)

A small plane crash landed after flying through a flock of ducks in Brookings County.

It happened Thursday afternoon about 12 miles north of Brookings.

According to the Brookings County Sheriff's Office, a crop duster was spraying fields when the flock flew in front of the plane. Some of the birds went into the engine, damaging the aircraft.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a grass field. The engine came out of the plane and the aircraft ended up flipped on its top.

Authorities said the pilot was able to get out of the plane on his own. He was hospitalized. The extent of his injuries has not been released.

Damage to the plane, a Thrush S2R spray lane, is estimated at $450,000.