One killed after plane crashes into Texas TV tower

One person was killed when a plane crashed into a TV tower in West Texas on Wednesday night, local NBC affiliate KCBD NewsChannel 11 reported.

The single-engine Piper PA-46 aircraft departed from Carlsbad, New Mexico’s Cavern City Air Terminal around 6:40 p.m. and crashed around 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time while it was approaching Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas.

The plane crashed into KCBD TV station’s transmission tower before landing in a field directly north of KCBD’s studio. The TV tower collapsed, and power was cut off to the studio and the surrounding area.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, died in the crash. He has been identified as Kenneth Mike Rice, a doctor of internal medicine in Lubbock.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Piper PA-46 plane departing Carlsbad for Lubbock
2. Plane disappears from radar
3. Plane crashes into a TV tower and lands in a field
4. TV tower collapses
5. Power cut off in the surrounding area

VOICEOVER (in English):
“The single-engine Piper PA-46 aircraft departed from Carlsbad, New Mexico and was approaching Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday night.”

“The aircraft disappeared from radar at about 7:30 p.m. local time.”

“The plane then crashed into KCBD TV station’s transmission tower before landing in a field, killing the pilot.”

“The transmission tower collapsed, cutting off power to surrounding buildings.”

SOURCES: WFAA, KCBD, Reuters http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/texas-news/2015/02/04/report-plane-crashes-into-lubbock-tv-tower/22900063/
http://www.kcbd.com/story/28028671/one-killed-in-plane-crash-near-kcbd-tower
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/05/us-usa-texas-crash-idUSKBN0L90E020150205