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The 53-year-old pilot lived in Lugansk, RIA "Novosti reports.

“The pilot’s name is Gerasimenko. A native of Luhansk, he was 53 at the time of death. It is not yet clear what caused the crash,” RIA Novosti cites a law enforcement source as saying.

According to Oksana Kovrizhnykh, a spokeswoman for Russia’s Transport Investigative Department, the plane crashed while spreading chemicals.

“The plane was spreading chemicals and had to make another circle but suddenly fell. We do not know why it happened,” said Kovrizhnykh.

She went on to say that a sole proprietor from Volgodonsk named Schmidt owns the aircraft.

According to Kovrizhnykh, the aircraft suffered serious damage after striking the ground nose first.

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