Preliminary Report: Meridian clips power lines

 - January 28, 2008, 8:38 AM

PIPER MERIDIAN, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., MARCH 7, 2003–The pilot and his two passengers were killed when their Meridian, N522RF, turbine single clipped power lines and crashed while maneuvering to land at Double Eagle II Airport in night VMC. Witnesses said the pilot made a normal 45-degree entrance to the downwind for a right base to Runway 22. They said his altitude looked to be about 1,000 feet agl and his communications were normal. They said they saw a spark in the transmission wires, and radio contact with the pilot was lost.