Wichita Stations Break Into Programming to Cover Plane Crash

By Kevin Eck 

After a plane crashed at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, local stations broke into regular programming to give viewers updates about the crash.

CBS affiliate KWCH was first on air, breaking into The Price is Right at 10:04 a.m.  Scott Evans reported the station had confirmed with police that a plane had crashed into the Flight Safety building at the airport. The station then went quickly to a live phoner with a construction worker who didn’t witness the crash, but said he “heard a big boom” and saw the flames and smoke.

NBC affiliate KSNW broke into the Today show about a minute later. Over a shot of the airport from the tower cam, the station told viewers a plane had crashed into a two story building, one person was in critical condition and emergency crews were on the scene.


ABC affiliate KAKE broke into The View at 10:05. Jemelle Holopirek reported a King Air Jet had crashed on top of the Flight Safety building at the airport. Wichita Police told KAKE, 10 people are trapped in the building, but had no information about the people aboard the plane.

FOX affiliate KSAS was still running an episode of Judge Mathis as of this writing.