Piper Lands in Canadian Blizzard

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
By George Hatcher


On Jan 29, 2013, at 9:15 a.m., an Image Air Charter Ltd Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian was en route from La Crete, Alta to Three Hills (Canada) with three people aboard when it attempted to land in bad weather at Three Hills Airport.

The plane descended into a blizzard, and at one end of the runway struck an ice berm that knocked off the left wing. One wing and the landing gear were damaged. Conditions were so bad that no one at the hanger knew there was an accident until emergency crews arrived. Three Hills RCMP, Fire and EMS responded. An environmental services company cleaned up the fuel leak.

One passenger who was suffering chest pains was taken to the hospital.

The 2008 Piper PA-46-500TP Turbo Prop is registered to Image Air Charter Ltd.

The NTSB is investigating.


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