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Jet pilot says Xcel at fault in Colorado canyon accident

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GRAND JUNCTION (AP) -

A pilot who snapped power lines while flying through a western Colorado canyon in a former military jet says a utility that owned the lines is to blame for the accident.
  
The Grand Junction Sentinel reported Saturday that Brian Evans named Xcel Energy in a response to a federal lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was injured in the 2015 incident.
  
Xcel says it isn't party to the lawsuit.
  
Steve Centofanti's suit says he was driving on Interstate 70 in the canyon when his vehicle was hit by power lines after they were snapped above by the Aero L-39C "Albatros" jet.
  
The Federal Aviation Administration has revoked Evans' pilot's license. It said Evans flew the jet less than 500 feet above the bottom of De Beque Canyon.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
 

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