OKLAHOMA CITY – One person is dead after an airplane believed to be a crop duster crashed into a 1,200 foot tall radio tower between El Reno and Okarche. The airplane reportedly hit one of the guide wires for the structure before crashing into a creek. The tower collapsed shortly after the crash.
OHP Trooper Mat Conway told KWTV News 9 the first 911 call came in at 5:13 p.m.
The radio tower was part of the transmission facility for KTUZ 106.7 FM, a spanish speaking radio station whose signal covers most of Central and Western Oklahoma.
This is not the first time the station’s owner has been through a similar disaster. In 2015, the tower site for KOKC 1520 AM was destroyed when an EF-2 rated tornado hit the city of Moore, Oklahoma. The three towers that had served the station since the 1930’s were brought down and have since been rebuilt. Both stations are owned by Tyler Media, which is the parent company of the Oklahoma Sooner Sports Network.