Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are on the scene of a fatal plane crash in Crosby county. A crop duster crashed this morning near County Road 183 in Crosbtyon. That's 38 miles east of Lubbock. Fifty-five year-old Bill Tidwell was killed.
Investigators believe the plane hit a wind tower and clipped the left wing and then crashed the plane about a quarter mile North of the tower. They say a farmer saw the plane and noticed it didn't complete the last circle of crop dusting. He then looked to see smoke coming from the field, and called Bill's son who was waiting for his father to arrive back at the Crosbyton airport.
Bill Tidwell was a well known member of the community of Crosbyton, as he owned a crop dusting business called the MacAdoo flying service. Bill, who was 55 years old, is survived by a daughter Delice and a son Billy Ray Junior. Friends say Bill loved Nascar and loved to fly, and will be deeply missed.
A DPS officer on scene said, "Mr. Tidwell was a good friend to everybody, especially to law enforcement. He took us up to look for meth labs. He was someone I considered a friend and a friend to everybody in the community."
The NTSB is now investigating the crash. The manufacturer of the plane is also en route to Crosbyton to help with the investigation, and to determine if the plane experienced mechanical problems even before takeoff.