Investigators surround the wreckage of a single engine plane that hit a weather tower Monday near Bryan’s Corner in Beaver County Okla., killing the only person in the aircraft, the pilot, who has yet to be identified as of press time. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol report noted weather conditions were clear, and the cause of the collision is currently undetermined. Guymon Daily Herald photo/Jessica Crawford
Authorities unsure how pilot hit tower in Oklahoma Panhandle
• L&T staff report with report from Guymon Daily Herald
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Monday a single engine plane collided with a weather tower in Beaver County, killing the pilot, the only individual on board the aircraft.
“A fatality aircraft collision occurred at 10 a.m. Monday, two and one-half miles west and six and one-half miles south of Bryan’s Corner in Beaver County,” the OHP report submitted by Trooper David Welch noted.
Welch’s report added the pilot of the 1983 Air Tractor fixed wing single engine plane has yet to be named, as next of kin has yet to be notified.
“The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision,” the report noted. “The body was taken to Clark’s Funeral Home in Beaver.”
The OHP report noted the plane was flying northeast when it struck the top of a weather tower with the right wing.
“(The aircraft) went into a flat spin and crashed into a field landing on its top,” the report noted. “The pilot of (the aircraft) was pinned for two hours and 13 minutes.”
The report added seatbelts on the aircraft were in use and weather conditions were clear.
During the time of Trooper Welch’s report at 4:05 p.m., the FAA was enroute to the scene. Trooper Jake Sawatzky, the Beaver County Sheriff’s Department, Beaver County Emergency Management, the Balko Fire Department, the Ochiltree County Sheriff’s office of Perryton, Texas, and Texas EMS assisted with the investigation.