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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) –A Douglas pilot says he thinks someone tried to sabotage his crop duster by putting blasting sand in the fuel tank.

Lance McKinnon says he first suspected sabotage in the summertime, when he had mechanical problems with his plane.

Two weeks later, as he was getting his aircraft inspected, he noticed large amounts of what appeared to be blasting sand in fuel tank.

He called in an outside source, who confirmed it did appear something was put in the system.

Now McKinnon is waiting for federal officials to launch an official investigation.

"It could be a random act of vandalism, I don't know what would motivate someone to vandalize or sabotage which could cost someone their life," said McKinnon.

He wants to warn other pilots and operators to check their fuel tanks and filters before taking off.

He says a new engine will cost him close to 40,000 dollars.

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