GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board says it is investigating after a jet clipped a power line over the Colorado River and sent the cable crashing onto a busy highway, damaging several vehicles.
The aircraft sheared through the cable near Grand Junction last week, losing part of its wing. It was able to land safely at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, but the snapped cable flew onto Interstate 70, smashing some vehicles’ windshields and mirrors.
No injuries were reported.
The Daily Sentinel reports the jet appears to have been flying lower than allowed by federal regulations when it clipped the cable.
Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the NTSB, said Wednesday the agency is in charge of the investigation. He said he had no immediate details about the probe.
The Sentinel reported that the Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros is owned by Momentum-Foundation Inc., of Tullahoma, Tennessee. A phone call to the foundation seeking comment Wednesday was not immediately returned.