Helicopter hits radio tower wire, crashes in La.

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Associated Press

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 2:04 PM

KAPLAN, La. (AP) — Authorities say a low-flying helicopter struck a guy-wire supporting a radio tower in rural south Louisiana and crashed, killing the pilot.

Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Maxine Trahan (Trah' Hahn) says the crash happened just before noon Wednesday. Trahan says the pilot is believed to be the only person aboard the four-seat aircraft. His identity has not been released.

There were no injuries on the ground.

The tower is located on farm land near Crowley. Trahan says the tower appeared stable after the crash but non-essential personnel were being kept away while authorities determined whether it was safe.

Trahan says it was unclear why the pilot was flying so low. After striking the support wire, the helicopter crashed roughly 250 yards from the tower.

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