Airplane clips cell phone tower, crashes in field

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ The pilot of a small, private airplane somehow avoided disaster after clipping a southwest Missouri cell phone tower and crashing into a vacant lot on a university campus.

The Springfield News-Leader ( ) reports four people were aboard the plane Friday afternoon when it hit the tower and traveled a mile-and-a-half over rush-hour traffic before going down on property owned by Evangel University less than 100 feet from several houses.

A Springfield spokeswoman says two people sustained minor injuries and the other two were unhurt.

KY3 reports the pilot was Bill Perkin, owner of KSPR-TV, while the plane was owned by Integrity Home Care of Springfield.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. Investigators were expected to arrive at the scene Saturday morning.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader,