NTSB Identification: MKC86LA178.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32299.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 26, 1986 in EMPORIA, KS
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N3791R
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE ACFT WAS FOUND STOPPED IN AN OPEN FIELD HAVING PENETRATED THE SOUTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE EMPORIA AIRPORT PROPERTY. THE ACFT ENG WAS STILL RUNNING WHEN RESCUERS APPROACHED THE LOCATION. FORCED ENTRY WAS MADE INTO THE ACFT TO SHUT THE ENG DOWN AND RESCUE THE PIC. CARDIO PULMONARY RESUSCITATION WAS ATTEMPTED AND THE PIC WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL. THE PIC WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD ON ARRIVAL AT THE HOSPITAL. SUBSEQUENT PATHOLOGY INDICATED THE PIC DIED OF AN ACUTE HEMORRHAGE INTO AND RUPTURE OF A PLAQUE AND FLOPPY MITRAL VALVE, NORMALLY ASSOCIATED WITH SUDDEN DEATH. AUTOPSY DISCLOSED NO ADDITIONAL FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE DEATH. THE PIC WAS BEING TREATED FOR HYPERTENSION ANDHAD BEEN USING 250 MG DAILY DOSAGE OF DIURAL MEDICATION AS PART OF HIS TREATMENT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT(OTHER CARDIOVASCULAR)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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