A crop duster hit a cell tower and slammed to the ground April 9 in western Kansas, according to the Hutchinson News.
The wing of the plane clipped the guy wire of the 305-foot cell tower, sending it quickly to the ground.
The plane was destroyed and the pilot, David Burr, 58, of Montrose, Colo., was seriously injured. He was airlifted to a hospital in Wichita, Kan., suffering a broken arm, leg and internal injuries. He was originally listed in critical condition but has been upgraded to fair condition.
The Ayres S2R-T15 Thrush, owned by Tri Rotor Spray & Chemical, was possibly in an aerodynamic stall at 9:30 a.m. when it contacted the guy wire of the tower, sending it cartwheeling to the ground three miles east of Lakin, Kan., according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The aircraft split in two upon impact.
The tower was inspected for damage, causing the closing of a nearby highway. No information on the condition of the tower was available.