One Person Killed as Plane Crashes Into KCBD 11 Television Tower in East Lubbock
UPDATED at 10:30 p.m., February 4, 2015
KAMC News reports the pilot killed in plane crash was Dr. Mike Rice. The plane was flying from Carlsbad, New Mexico to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.
UPDATED at 10:20 p.m., February 4, 2015
Just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night (Feb. 4), there was a very brief power outage across the Lubbock Power & Light service area. Soon after, KAMC News reported a plane had crashed near the KCBD 11 studio and transmitter site at 5600 Avenue A.
Just after 8 p.m., an eyewitness at the scene told KFYO News that at least half of the KCBD 11 tower had toppled over due to the plane crashing into it. The part of the tower that crashed fell into a field near the station.
An employee of KCBD told KFYO News that it "sounded like an earthquake" when the crash occurred.
The Federal Aviation Administration and Lubbock Fire Department stated that a single engine Piper Malibu with the tail number of N301D crashed. One body was found near the scene, and authorities presume the fatality is the pilot. The plane was on approach from the south to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.
Authorities are also working to determine if there were additional people on board the plane and what the plane's specific flight path was.
The KCBD 11 studios were evacuated after the crash occurred and no KCBD employees were injured in the crash.
Lubbock Power & Light after 9:30 p.m. reported 2,500 customers in Southeast Lubbock were without power because a main LP&L transmission line was struck by the aircraft after it hit the tower. The transmission line also feeds two LP&L substations in the area.
According to the FCC's license record for KCBD, the tower's height was approximately 760 feet (232 meters). In addition to broadcasting the over-the-air signal for KCBD, KJAK 92.7 FM also broadcast from an antenna on the KCBD tower.
The FAA and NTSB will send out investigation teams to the crash site.
Wednesday night, KCBD broadcast an abbreviated 10 o'clock newscast from the studios of Lubbock ISD TV-12.