Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2003 Issue

January 23, San Jose, Calif. / Cirrus SR 20

At 1653 Pacific time, a Cirrus SR 20 struck power lines while making an instrument approach to runway 31R at Reid-Hillview Airport. The pilot was killed. The flight was inbound on the GPS approach and had passed the final approach fix when it began a gradual right turn from 310 degrees to 020 degrees. The airplane collided with high tension power lines located 6.7 miles southeast of the airport at an altitude of 1,600 feet msl. Preliminary inspection found no evidence of preimpact structural failure and the ballistic parachute system had not been deployed....

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