KAPLAN, La. A low-flying helicopter crashed after striking one of the guy-wires supporting a radio tower in rural south Louisiana, killing the 66-year-old pilot.

Maxine Trahan, a spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff s Office, said it happened just before noon Wednesday. The pilot was believed to be the only person aboard the four-seat aircraft. Trahan later identified the pilot, who also owned the Bell 206 helicopter, as Hugh C. Kelley, of Beaumont, Texas.

There were no injuries on the ground.

The tower is located on farm land near Crowley. Trahan says the tower appeared stable after the crash but non-essential personnel were being kept away while authorities determined whether it was safe.

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