Off Air: Plane Slams Into Lubbock TV Tower

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LUBBOCK, Texas — A television news station in Lubbock became the news after a small plane crashed into its transmitter tower Wednesday night.

The crash knocked KCBD NewsChannel 11 off the air.

Authorities confirm the pilot, Dr. Kenneth Mike Rice of Lubbock, was killed when the single-engine plane crashed just feet away from the newsroom. No one at KCBD was injured, but the building has been evacuated.

The FAA released the following statement:

A single-engine Piper PA-46 crashed while on approach to Lubbock’s Preston Smith International Airport. The aircraft dropped off radar screens about 7:30 p.m. local time.

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed a crash site inside the city limits of Lubbock.

FAA investigators are on their way to the site. The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

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