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Pilot killed after crop duster hits radio tower near OKC

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The wreckage of a crop duster that crashed northwest of Oklahoma City on May 30, 2018. (KFOR) The wreckage of a crop duster that crashed northwest of Oklahoma City on May 30, 2018. (KFOR)
Veteran pilot Andy Deterding died in a crash on May 30, 2018. (Facebook) Veteran pilot Andy Deterding died in a crash on May 30, 2018. (Facebook)

EL RENO, Okla. (AP) -- A crop-dusting airplane clipped a support wire to a radio transmitting tower and crashed in central Oklahoma, killing the pilot.

Trooper Matt Conway of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the single-engine small plane crashed and burned about 5 p.m. Wednesday about 24 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

Conway says the aircraft was making a turn while spreading weed killer on a field when it clipped the wire and crashed. With its support wire snapped, the 1,000-foot FM transmitting tower of KTUZ-FM toppled.

KFOR said family members identified the pilot as Andy Deterding, 57, owner of Andy Deterding Ag Aviation, based in Pond Creek, Oklahoma. The company has operations across four states. The company's website said it was a family business that was founded in 1982.

"Andy Deterding has been involved with agricultural aviation his entire life," a profile on the company's website said.

In a Facebook message, the Spanish-language station La Zeta acknowledged it was off the air and that it is "working hard to see what is the best solution."

KTEN.com editor Walt Zwirko in Denison, Texas, contributed to this report.

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