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Local pilot killed while cropdusting

MADISONVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky State Police said a Lawrenceville helicopter pilot was killed while spraying a field in western Kentucky.

A news release from the KSP said 55-year-old Timothy E. Watson of Lawrenceville was spraying fungicide and fertilizer late Monday afternoon on a farm field in Crittenden County when his helicopter struck power lines. The investigating trooper said the Robinson Model R44 helicopter came down about 200 feet from the utility lines and burned.

Watson's body was found inside the cockpit.

The KSP said investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will arrive Tuesday.