A crop-dusting pilot from Buffalo Center has died after a Tuesday afternoon plane crash northeast of Britt.

Officials say the victim is John Larson. Eyewitness Jim Maddox lives about two miles north of where the accident happened. Maddox says he thought he heard the pilot having engine problems, then saw a big ball of flame before the sound of the crash reached his location.

Larson was able to walk away from the crash under his own power. He was first taken to a hospital in Britt. From there, he was airlifted to a Mason City hospital, then flown to the burn unit at University Hospitals in Iowa City, where he died shortly after midnight.

(Reporting by Chuck Shockley, KLGA, Algona)