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The KATV tower was a 2066 ft (630.6 m) tall television mast (or antenna tower) built near Redfield, Arkansas in 1967

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at 34°28′24.0″N 92°12′11.0″W. It was the second tallest structure in the world, after the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, when it was built. As of August 2006 it was tied with 15 other 2000-foot masts, all built after it, as the fifth tallest structure in the world (sixth, counting the submerged Petronius oil platform).

In addition to the analog and digital transmitters of its namesake KATV, it also hosted the analog transmitter of KETS, the flagship station of the Arkansas Educational Television Network; KETS' digital transmitter is at the nearby Clear Channel Broadcasting Tower in Redfield. On January 11, 2008, at 12:46 PM local time (1846 UTC), the tower collapsed. The cause of the collapse remains unknown. The crew chosen to replace older guy wires, massive cables that keep the structure in place, claim that as they were loosening one of the older guy wires, the structure began to shake and suddenly collapse. Amazingly, no serious injuries took place. The structure broke into three pieces as it came crashing down, which was what it was designed to do.

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