RUTHTON -- James “Jim” Arnt, owner of Arnt Aerial Spraying of Worthington, was killed in a Friday morning plane crash in rural Pipestone County.
The Pipestone County Sheriff's Office received a report of a single passenger agricultural spray plane crash at 8:11 a.m. Friday in Section 1, Fountain Prairie Township, or approximately four miles east of Ruthton.
When responders arrived at the scene, they found the 68-year-old pilot deceased. The sheriff’s office reported the plane had struck a guy-line structured radio tower and that severe damage was done to both the plane and the tower.
Arnt had operated his business, based at the Worthington Municipal Airport, since 1972. According to information on Arnt Aerial Spraying’s Facebook page, Jim started receiving flying lessons in December 1970 in Tracy. He continued as a flight instructor and moved to Florida in the fall of 1971 to learn more about the aerial spraying business. He returned to Minnesota in March 1972 and began his business at the Worthington Municipal Airport on May 18, 1972.
Assisting at the scene were the Ruthton Fire Department, Ruthton First Responders, Pipestone County Ambulance, Tyler Ambulance, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Pipestone County Emergency Management, Sanford Air Care and the Minnesota State Patrol.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board arrived on the scene Friday afternoon to assist in the investigation.