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Plane Crash: TV Tower Taken Down by Craft in Texas; Pilot Killed

By    |   Thursday, 05 Feb 2015 06:47 PM

A small plane crashed into a television transmitter tower Wednesday night, killing the pilot and knocking Texas TV station KCBD off the air.

The Piper PA-46 crashed about 7:30 p.m. on approach to Preston Smith International Airport, said a Federal Aviation Administration release.

CNN said the plane crash also knocked out power in a nearby neighborhood and forced the evacuation of the KCBD studio. The tower was located north of the studio, and officials feared it was unstable.

KCBD reported that no one on the ground was injured by the crash. The station also reported that “multiple sources” said a local doctor, Kenneth Mike Rice, was killed in the crash. The family gave a statement to KCBD, expressing their sorrow at the loss of Rice. 

“Mike would have wanted each of us to forge ahead boldly, overcome challenges, take great risk, live life passionately and relish each day. He was a role model for a life well lived and we will continue his legacy,” Rice's family said in a statement to KCBD.

Alex DeLeon was in the station’s parking lot when the incident occurred.

“The antenna or tower just collapsed into two. ... I saw it falling this direction, so I got under this awning here, and I just felt like it was over me," DeLeon told KCBD.

"A friend called me and he had seen a bunch of sparks," John Houston told the station. "He said it fell and I knew right away that it wasn't just collapsed because of the wind or anything like that. He said it threw sparks. Usually they don't just fall and they're pretty quiet when they fall ... usually ice or wind can take them down but in this case, I knew it was something different."

The station is broadcasting from a different location until the tower can be replaced, KCBD said.

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