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UPDATE: Plane in fatal crash registered to Texas man, FAA confirms

Posted: 2:59 PM, Aug 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-31 17:47:57-04

UPDATE: The FAA has confirmed that the plane in a fatal Kaplan crash is registered to David L. Norman of Seabrook, Texas, a city in Harris County.

Authorities are working to identify the victims. Their identities will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

Plane crashes in Vermilion Parish
A picture of the model of plane that crashed near Kaplan Friday.
Courtesy of FlightAware

Emergency officials are investigating a crash involving a plane and an old KATC tower in the Kaplan area that killed two people.

According to the FAA, the plane was a Piper Cherokee (PA-28). No word yet on the victims’ identity.

The tower stood at 1,800 feet and was being rented by KAJN radio.

According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon, deputies are on the scene of the crash located off of Rosewood Road, west of Kaplan. The Sheriff’s Office has secured the scene and has made contact with the National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, who are responsible for handling these types of investigations.

Video of the scene can be viewed at the end of the article.

KAJN-FM issued this statement on the crash:

“Shortly before 8 this morning a plane crashed into the tower that held the KAJN-FM broadcast antenna. According to Acadian Ambulance officials, one person is dead as a result of the tower crash. The tower collapse knocked KAJN-FM off the air.

GM Barry Thompson said that God’s grace kept the KAJN transmitter building from being damaged by the falling tower. KAJN continues to broadcast on the internet at KAJN.com. Arrangements are underway to restore the KAJN-FM signal using another tower in the vicinity.

The fallen tower was owned by KATC.”

 

Plane crash in Vermilion Parish (Photo: KATC)
Plane crash in Vermilion Parish (Photo: KATC)
Multiple emergency officials are on scene of the plane crash located off of Rosewood Road, west of Kaplan. (Photo: Acadian Air Med)
Multiple emergency officials are on scene of the plane crash located off of Rosewood Road, west of Kaplan. (Photo: Acadian Air Med)
The KATC tower stood at 1,800 feet and was being rented by KAJN radio and the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA) who distributes public television programming like LPB. (Photo: Acadian Air Med)
The KATC tower stood at 1,800 feet and was being rented by KAJN radio and the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA) who distributes public television programming like LPB. (Photo: Acadian Air Med)

 

A plane hit an old KATC tower in Kaplan. One fatality. (Photo courtesy: Acadian Air Med)
Kaplan Plane Crash
Kaplan Plane Crash courtesy Acadian Air Med
Kaplan Plane Crash
Kaplan Plane Crash courtesy Acadian Air Med

 

Here is video of the scene from Acadian Air Med: