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Pilot suffers minor injuries after small plane crash on Eastern Shore

A 30-year-old Delaware man walked away with only minor injuries after the small crop dusting plane he was flying crashed and caught fire in Kent County on Sunday, according to Maryland State Police.

The pilot, Martin Stoken, of Felton, Del., was flying the plane around 2:30 p.m. when it crashed at a farm in the 10000 block of Flatland Road in Chestertown. When state police troopers arrived, the plane was fully engulfed in flames. It was later extinguished by the fire department.

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Stoken told police he had performed an emergency landing of the plane at the farm the day before, then had it repaired by a mechanic. When flying it Sunday, it soon lost power and hit a car trailer and a piece of farm equipment before landing upright on the farm. The Grumman Ag Cat G164A plane was owned by Delmarva Aerial Crop Service in Marydel.

Stoken had minor injuries but did not go to a hospital. No one on the ground was injured.

State police notified the Federal Aviation Administration, which intends to investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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