JONESBORO — The Tuesday fatal crash of a cropduster in Greene County highlights the risks of agricultural aviation.

Northeast Arkansas, with its large number of rice fields, is the home to many agricultural aviation companies. And while it’s a lucrative business, it does have its risks.

Hunter Drope, 28, died in the crash, according to Greene County Sheriff Steve Franks.

Other fatal accidents include:

On Aug. 21, 2020, in Mississippi County, a Tennessee pilot died when his cropduster crashed.

A Georgia man died in July 2017 when his cropduster crashed near Cash.

A cropduster pilot was killed in Clay County in June 2010.

In 2012 two cropdusters collided in mid-air in Greene County, killing one pilot and injuring a second.

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