NTSB Identification: LAX01LA286.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 16, 2001 in Tucson, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/28/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 172L, registration: N4312Q
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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The airplane entered a dive and impacted a residence during what witnesses reported was a controlled descent. A post crash fire consumed the airplane. The airplane departed a private airpark during a time following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when VFR general aviation flights were prohibited. The airplane was observed entering a nosedive until it disappeared behind a tree line. The local authorities were told the pilot was having problems with his personal life. The pilot's wife told the local authorities that the pilot had never flown the accident airplane before, and that the airplane hadn't been flown for 5 years. Toxicological tests of samples from the pilot tested positive for prescription antidepressant medications. While the sheriff's department found evidence that the pilot had threatened suicide in the past, neither they nor the medical examiner found evidence to support a suicide by the pilot, and ruled the death as accidental.

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

the pilot's controlled descent into a residence for undetermined reasons.

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