Flying low creates unseen dangers for crop dusters, and investigators believe a Ransom Canyon pilot fell victim to one of them the morning of Thursday, May 19th, in Crosbyton. The crash killed pilot Bill Tidwell. Investigators believe the plane hit a wind tower, and clipped the left wing causing the crash, near county road 183 in Crosbyton.
Tidwell was a father of two who lived in Ransom Canyon but worked in Crosbyton. That's where he ran his business, McAdoo Flying Service. Those close to Tidwell said he loved life and people, and they say it's that passion that everyone in Crosbyton will miss.
Prior to Thursday morning's fatal plane crash, a picture of Tidwell in his plane as he was crop dusting was a decoration for Ann Butler. However, it will now serve as a lasting memory of the man who spent summers with her and her family as he was growing up.
Butler said, "He was so special, there wasn't anybody he wouldn't do anything in the world for. He loved everybody and he enjoyed life and he lived it to the fullest."
Longtime friend, Donnie Wheeless was close to tears when he said, "he was the best friend I ever had. He'd give the shirt off his back if that's what you needed. He's going to be missed by a lot of people, he helped a lot of people."
Many others remember the McAdoo Flying Services owner in the same light.
Mary Parkhill and her husband are longtime friends. She said, "He took an interest in my kids, he took an interest in everyone's kids. He loved to play basketball, he loved to go to the races."
Butler said, "He was a rock for me. If something happened he showed up and he was just there to take care of me."
Friends said they'll always remember Tidwell's love for the outdoors, along with his passion for flying. "One thing about it," said Wheeless, "he went out doing what he really loved and that was flying."
Plane Crash Kills Area Crop Duster
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, killing Bill Tidwell.