Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Heat Goes out, Lights Go Dark When Plane Clips Power Lines near Alberta Town

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Heat Goes out, Lights Go Dark When Plane Clips Power Lines near Alberta Town

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Lights go dark when plane clips wires

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DIDSBURY, Alta. - Thousands of people in and around the central Alberta town of Didsbury were without electricity for about four hours Tuesday when a small plane knocked out power lines.

RCMP say a single-engine Piper PA28-180 Cherokee was coming in to land at the Olds-Didsbury Airport sometime after 8:00 p.m. when it flew under the power lines adjacent to Highway 2A.

The wires came in contact with the propeller, wing and tail and broke the windshield.

The pilot and lone occupant, a 59-year-old man from Carstairs, Alta., managed to land without injury.

Crews from the utility company Fortis were called in to restore power.

Staff Sgt. Chad Fournier, an RCMP spokesman, said the pilot couldn't immediately explain how the accident happened.

"After the collision, he did a good job landing the airplane safely," Fournier said Wednesday. "I would assume airplanes colliding with power lines, especially being a small aircraft like this, would have caused a collision. …

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