NTSB Identification: WPR10FA324
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 01, 2010 in Avalon, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N222CG
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

While on approach to land, the pilot reported over the UNICOM frequency that he was not able to feel his left side. Subsequently, the airplane crashed about 2 miles from the airport. A postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Although diphenhydramine, an impairing medication, was detected in the pilot’s liver and brain, the available information does not allow a determination of postmortem levels. The autopsy findings noted severe coronary artery disease of the left and right coronary arteries. It is likely that the pilot suffered an incapacitating heart attack while in flight, which led to a loss of airplane control.

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

The pilot's incapacitation due to a heart attack, which resulted in a loss of airplane control.

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