(LAKIN, Kan.) — A single engine airplane, flown by 58-year-old David Burr, of Montrose, Colorado, crashed after clipping a support line of a cell phone tower. The crash happened Monday morning near the south west Kansas town of Lakin.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says the plane's right win clipped the line of a 305 foot cell phone tower. The plane then cartwheeled to the ground, landing nose first. It flipped one full time before it came to a stop.
Burr went to a local hospital but was transferred to Wichita. He's in critical condition.
The Kansas Department of Transportation says the crash may have caused damage to the cell tower which is in close proximity to the roadway. That prompted KDOT to close three and a half miles of the junction of US-50 and K-25. The road has since reopened.