Wheatley Fire chief killed in crop duster crash

  • Source: KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro
  • Published: 07/11/2018 12:28 PM

The fire chief of an Arkansas town was killed in a crop duster crash Wednesday morning. Family friends tell our sister station that Wheatley Fire Chief Chad McClain was killed in the crash. The plane went down in a field off Highway 78 north of Wheatley in St. Francis County, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Friends of McClain say he was a good man. He leaves behind a teenage daughter. According to the Wheatley Marshal Service on Facebook, McClain had been with the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department since 1994. He was also a local farmer and agriculture pilot. Funeral arrangements have not yet be set. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also posted her condolences for McClain's family and the Wheatley community on Facebook Wednesday evening.


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