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Lightning strike eyed as cause of 2001 crash of Spanish Merlin IV
16 January 2006

The Spanish accident investigation commission CIAIAC concluded that the Merlin IV that crashed in the Mediterranean in October 2001, was probably caused by a lightning strike. The aircraft encountered a powerful electrical storm with associated rain and turbulence. The lightning strike probably caused the failure of the electrical system after which the airplane lost control. (CIAIAC)