By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2020

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A crop duster pilot suffered serious injuries when he crashed his plane into a cornfield north of Scottsbluff Tuesday morning and knocked out power to 2,400 utility customers.

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman said the plane hit a power line as it crashed, causing the power outage. The power line hit the cab of a semi hauling a load of cattle, but the driver and the cattle were not injured.

The plane’s pilot was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.

Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker said the crash knocked down several transmission line structures.

The plane was owned by Western Aviation. Company officials declined to comment on the crash.

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