Manitoba man arrested for shooting at crop duster plane

A 51-year-old Manitoba man has been charged with shooting at a crop duster airplane.
A 51-year-old Manitoba man has been charged with shooting at a crop duster airplane. Police said the duster was spraying over a field in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, near Fortier, on Wednesday when it was hit. ( Ken Kane Aerial Spray Ltd)

A 51-year-old Manitoba man has been charged with shooting at a crop duster airplane.

Police said the duster was spraying over a field in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, near Fortier, on Wednesday when it was hit.

No one was hurt but the side and bottom of the plane were damaged.

A search of a home and outbuildings on a property in the RM turned up a firearm and ammunition.

The 51-year-old man remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Winnipeg.

He faces several charges, including discharging a firearm, mischief and endangering an aircraft.

Ken Kane, the owner of the aerial spraying company is wondering why more serious charges, such as attempted murder, aren't being laid against the man.

"He was shooting at the airplane and the pilot that was in it. My question is, if an RCMP car is going by and somebody shoots at an RCMP car, what is going to happen to the guy?" Kane said.

Kane said the bullet went through the bottom of the plane and out the side, close to where the pilot was sitting. 

The pilot is shaken up but is working again today, Kane said, adding that in his 40 years in business, he has never seen anything like this.

"It was right beside No. 1 highway. He could have killed the pilot, could of endangered other people's lives," Kane said.

"That doesn't make sense to me. Very disturbing."