NTSB Identification: NYC04LA213.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, September 15, 2004 in Somerville, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/31/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 185F, registration: N29BF
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

Upon touching down on the runway, the airplane veered off the left side of the runway, struck a parked airplane, and continued into a hangar. Inside the hangar, the accident airplane struck another parked airplane, before coming to a stop. After the accident, state authorities arrested the pilot, and found a supply of prescription sedative medication in the airplane. Examination of the airplane did not reveal any mechanical abnormalities with the airframe, landing gear assembly, or the engine. Review of the pilot's medical records by the NTSB Medical Officer revealed that on the pilot's most recent application for second-class airman medical certificate, the pilot indicated "Yes" in response to the question about "Substance dependence" and "Alcohol dependence or abuse." Under "Comments on History and Findings" the pilot stated, "...involved in airplane crash. Substance abuse involved..."

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

The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while landing. A factor was the pilot's impairment due to the influence of non-prescribed pain medication.

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