- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a 27-year-old man was killed when his crop dusting plane crashed into a barley field near Alamosa.

The Monte Vista Journal reports (https://goo.gl/RyKI2Q ) Dusty Claunch crashed the plane Friday morning, sparking a fire in the field. The small plane was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and Claunch was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had worked for the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office for several years and recently started working for the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office. Claunch took the summer off to work for a local agricultural company as a pilot but was planning to begin working for the sheriff’s office again this fall.

Keith Holloway with the National Transportation Safety Board says it’s too soon to know what caused the crash.

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