August 12, 1996 in Nation/World

Copter’s Blades Strike TV Tower

Compiled From Wire Services

A helicopter’s blades struck a television tower undergoing repairs Sunday morning, instantly killing the pilot and injuring a tower worker.

The chopper was hovering near the 1,000-foot tower to assist in the repairs when the accident happened, according to a state patrol operator who refused to give his name.

The pilot, alone aboard the helicopter, was not immediately identified. One of the two workers on the tower belonging to WGVP-TV was injured slightly, the operator said.

Agents from the Federal Aviation Administration were at the accident site in south-central Georgia.

WGVP, a Warner Bros. affiliate, went on the air last year. It is owned by Hutchens Communications Inc.

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