Pilot dies in plane crash

A 25-year-old man from Clinton County died after the single-engine plane he was flying crashed over the weekend in Branch County’s Bethel Township, east of Bronson.

State police said Phillip Ching, of Elsie, was crop dusting a field near Kosmerick and South Snow Prairie roads when the plane went down around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Witnesses told police the plane was trying to negotiate a turn when it went down. Ching, who had been spending the summer in Middlebury, was the only occupant in the aircraft. It appears that he died on impact, authorities said.

Nobody on the ground was injured.

He was working for Lutes Flying Co, which owned the plane.

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