A small plane crashed into a Texas TV station tower Wednesday night, killing the pilot and knocking the station off the air.
Lubbock Fire Rescue reported the fatality, according to Fox 34 News in Lubbock.
The crash occurred about 7:30 p.m. local time into the KCBD-TV tower in Lubbock. A single-engine Piper PA-46 crashed as its pilot was on approach to Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, the FAA told the station.
No one in the station was injured, according to the KCBD website. The employees have since evacuated the building.
Something has apparently crashed into the KCBD tower. Power is out at the station and we're working to assess the... http://t.co/RCQrQIWgeD— KCBD NewsChannel11 (@KCBD11) February 5, 2015
Icing and windy conditions are potential factors in the crash, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait said.
The weather conditions were windy with fog and freezing drizzle around the time of the incident, Strait said.
"Winds were out of the north-northeast at 20 mph with gusts to 28 mph," he said.
The crash apparently took off about 700 feet of KCBD's 814-foot tower, Fox 34 reported.