A 6 x 19 fiber core steel wire rope failed as it was being used to lower a steel television tower. Fracture of the rope occurred at a point under one of two clips used to fashion a spliced loop that was directly connected to the top of the tower. Microscopic examination of the fracture surfaces and the condition of the individual wires revealed that 59% of the wires failed by shear, 39% failed in tension, and 2% had been cut. In addition, 87% of the wires showed some degree of crushing damage, ranging from mild to severe. The failure was attributed to improper installation of the clips.