NTSB Identification: FTW01LA203.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 05, 2001 in Lydia, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2002
Aircraft: Grumman G-164B, registration: N48655
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
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The agricultural airplane was observed maneuvering at 500 feet. The airplane then impacted a 500-foot tower, which was lighted and depicted on an aeronautical chart, with its left wing. The airplane traveled 700 feet from the tower base before impacting the ground. According to the operator, the pilot had accumulated approximately 15,000 total flight hours, of which approximately 11,000 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane. A toxicological test detected 0.01 ug/ml cocaine, 0.212 ug/ml benzoylecgonine, and 0.296 ug/ml norfluoxetine in the pilot's blood. Benzoylecgonine is a metabolite of cocaine and norfluoxetine is a metabolite of fluoxetine, which is a prescription antidepressant medication also known by the trade name Prozac. The pilot had not reported using any medication on his last medical certificate application.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's failure to maintain clearance with a marked tower while maneuvering. Full narrative available
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