KFI-AM tower topples, again


The Orange County Register reports KFI-AM’s half-built new tower, under construction, crashed to the ground Tuesday, injuring a construction worker.

His injuries were believed to be minor, Greg Ashlock, market manager of CC Radio told the paper.

The worker was knocked off a construction platform next to the tower when it fell. The reason for the collapse was not immediately known.

The fallen tower remained in place Wednesday as engineers and insurance crews tried to determine the cause of the collapse.

KFI contracted Seacomm Erectors Inc. to build the new 684-foot-tall tower. Construction began Saturday and had reached about 250 feet when the tower came crashing down around 2:30 p.m.

It will eventually replace the 760-foot-tall tower that was toppled late 2004 when a small plane crashed into it on approach to Fullerton Municipal Airport. The pilot and his wife were killed.

In recent months, Fullerton airport and city officials joined local pilots in protesting plans for the tower’s reconstruction, saying it was too tall and would pose a hazard to pilots. The La Mirada City Council unanimously approved the tower in January. KFI continues to broadcast from another tower in LA.