Air Crash, pilot and 5 passengers killed: The National Transportation Safety Board reported Monday that traces of the antidepressant Paxil were found in blood and tissue samples taken from the body of 26-year-old Chad Beer after the July 30, 2001 crash near Davidson Glacier that killed Beer and five passengers.
Air Crash, pilot killed: Paroxetine (trade name Paxil), a prescription antidepressant that is also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic attacks, was found in the urine and liver fluid. Diphenhydramine was also found in the urine and liver fluid. According to CAMI, insufficient blood was received to screen for the listed drugs.
Air Crash, pilot test flight prior to taking passengers: Also found in the pilot's blood was fluoxetrine (Prozac) of 0.025mg/100ml and a trace of chlorpheniramine (non-prescription antihistamine/decongestant).
Heli Crash, pilot: May 13, 2004 (Mukwonago, Wisconsin) - A helicopter pilot had an anti-depressant and an amphetamine in his body when he crashed near in northwestern Illinois last summer. The crash in Coleta on June 25th killed all three people on board.
Thomas Berg had elevated levels of a generic version of Prozac. He also had an amphetamine in his system that is often used to treat hyperactivity...
Air Crash, pilot and passenger killed: Investigators say a pilot's high dose of a prescription anti-depressant may have played a role in the fatal 2002 crash of his experimental airplane. Scott Reviere's home-built RV-6A lost power and spiraled down shortly after taking off from Peter O. Knight Airport on Aug. 18, 2002. The aircraft crashed into the Port of Tampa dry docks and caught fire, killing Reviere and passenger John Malecki.
Air Crash, Pilot killed: Toxicology test showed that venlafaxine and desmethylvenlafaxine drugs were found in the pilot's blood, and the levels found were consistent with the recent ingestion of more than 10 times a normal dose of venlafaxine
Air Crash, Pilot and 4 passengers killed: A report released by the National Transportation and Safety Board regarding a plane crash that killed five people near Eagle last November indicates the pilot had drugs in his system. David Scripps LaDow and four passengers were killed when the plane LaDow was piloting crashed into a hillside 4 miles southeast of Eagle, minutes after takeoff from the Eagle County Regional Airport.The other victims were Sara Hiller, 37, of Eden Prairie, Minn., and her three daughters, Morgan, 15, Caitlin, 10, and Kelsie, 8.Deep-tissue samples taken by FAA pathologists revealed the pilot had fluoxetine (Prozac), an antidepressant, and hydrocodone, a pain killer, in his system.
Air Crash, Commerical Pilot (alone) Killed: former U.S. Air Force navigator and electronic warfare officer. He held a commercial pilot certificate... Desipramine is a prescription antidepressant, also commonly used for the management of chronic pain. Commercial drug reference sources indicate that caution should be exercised while piloting aircraft while under the influence of this drug.
Air Crash, 15 year old boy killed: Investigators found he was taking prescription Accutane (now associated with suicide).
Air Crash, sole pilot killed: Findings in the investigation were the pilot's overdose of zolpidem and citalopram before the accident flight departed, and his intentional operation of the airplane while impaired by alcohol.
Air Crash, Pilot and 2 friends killed: A toxicology report noted methamphetamine and amphetamine [ADHD treatment] was found in the pilot, and both passengers also tested positive for methamphetamine, the NTSB reported.
An on-scene examination revealed no pre-impact anomalies. The Final Forensic Toxicology Accident Report stated, "Diphenhydramine present in Urine." Diphenhydramine is an over-the-counter antihistamine with sedative effects, most commonly used to treat allergy symptoms. [See post above re antihistamines/antipsychotics]
Crash Landing, B-1B Lancer, $7.9 million damage, co pilot landing gear up, None killed: Dexedrine, an amphetamine, may have been a factor in the May 8 crash in Southwest Asia because the copilot had not tried the drug before,The report said Flowers' neurological problem could have been exacerbated by taking a stimulant during the flight. Flowers had not been approved to take stimulants. He said in the report he took a pill, which is 5 milligrams, but did not say where he got it. Both Dexedrine and Modafinil are prescribed by the Air Force for pilots to use during flights that are 12 hours or longer. Modafinil is a Schedule IV stimulant with significantly less abuse potential and more medical uses. It is commonly used to treat narcolepsy. [Perhaps that explains "Friendly Fire"!]
PLUS "SUICIDE PILOTS"
Air Crash, 40 year old pilot killed: These findings indicate that the pilot had used cocaine, diazepam, and ethanol within hours of his flight.
Air Crash, 42 year old student pilot killed: Friends of the pilot revealed a history of “ongoing treatment for depression and a recent intent to take his own life by using an aircraft".
Air Crash, 54 year old pilot killed: Toxicological examination revealed the antidepressant,venlafaxine,and its metabolite, desmethylvenlafaxine in the blood at 446 and 1462 ng/mL, respectively. These compounds were also identified in the pilot’s urine at 3018 and 34,102 ng/mL, respectively. Based on the drug concentration, the volume of distribution (6.8 L/kg) for venlafaxine, and the pilot’s weight, it appears that the pilot was taking the maximum therapeutic dose of 225 mg per day, which may be accompanied by significant side effects. The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident to be pilot suicide.
"...Most of the “suicide” pilots had significant domestic criminal difficulties at the time of their suicide. The limited data presented here indicate that 50% (7 out of
14) of all aviation-assisted pilot suicides, for which toxicological specimens are available for analysis, involve at least one, if not more, disqualifying substances, and 43% (6 of the 14) had potentially cognitive impairing levels of such substances in their system..."