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Crop-dusting plane crashed into cornfield near northwest Iowa airport, authorities say

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SAC CITY, Iowa — Authorities say a crop-dusting plane has crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in northwest Iowa.

The Sac County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Thursday that the accident was reported about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Sac City Airport manager said the plane had crashed south of the airport and that airport officials were in contact with the pilot, who said he hadn't been injured.

The pilot was identified as 50-year-old Randall Sievert, of Alta. He reported that he noticed engine trouble after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport when he crashed into a cornfield.

Airport manager Ken Myers says the plane went down a couple miles from the airport. Sievert didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

The crash is being investigated.

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