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July 19, 2018
Arkansas Pilot Lost in 6th Fatal Ag Accident of the Year
The NAAA family was greatly saddened by last week’s loss of Arkansas ag pilot Chad McLain of Wheatley, Ark. McLain was well known in his home area as a farmer, ag pilot and Wheatley’s chief of the volunteer fire department. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Angela Holloway McLain; daughter, Ashlyn McLain; parents, Louie and Betty McLain; and sister, Casie (Doug) Medford.  


Louie “Chad” McLain, 41, was fatally injured on Wednesday morning, July 11, when the Air Tractor 602 he was flying crashed into trees adjacent to the field he was spraying near Wheatley. No cause of the crash has been released. The aircraft was operated by Chism Flying Service.


The visitation was held July 13 with the funeral service at 10 a.m., July 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Brinkley, Ark.  Interment followed the service at Johnson Cemetery in Wheatley.


For those wishing to donate to a memorial in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

First United Methodist Church

404 W Ash St.

Brinkley, AR 72021


Johnson Cemetery

PO Box 105

Wheatley, AR 72392

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