Archive for Pilot

Dead pilot in burned-out pickup — (Chiang Rai Times)
SSRI Ed note: Recently promoted air force pilot takes antidepressants for stress, dies by suicide by suffocating on smoke in his father's vehicle.
Operator in fatal Texas balloon crash flew despite cloud warning, using painkillers and antidepressants — (Dallas News)
SSRI Ed note: Balloon pilot with DUI convictions for car, usually careful flying, goes up in cloudy weather on various medications including Wellbutrin, crashed, killing 16.
2degrees boss should not have been flying, report finds — (The New Zealand Herald)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on Cymbalta does not disclose he is taking the drug, flies plane, loses power (reason not identified), crashes into sea killing him and his wife.
A320 Crash: The Co-Pilot Wanted the World To Know His Name — (Le Figaro)
SSRI Ed note: Germanwings pilot on citalopram, mirtazapine and zoplclone locks captain out of cockpit, crashes Airbus A320, killing 150.
More Pilots Using Drugs, NTSB Study Finds — (Elements Behavioural Health)
Suicide ruled in plane crash — (Fredericksburg Free Lance Star)
Fog, pain medication cited as possible factors in fatal plane crash near Amarillo — (Amarillo Globe)
Pilot's MH370 'copycat' flight — (
Missing man’s plane found at airport, wrecked with his body on board — (The Post and Courier)
Plane crash pilot pleads not guilty — (Bonner County Daily Bee)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot taking Seroquel, Lexapro misjudges landing, causes non-fatal crash.
Commercial Pilot Crashes Small Aircraft — (NTSB)
JetBlue pilot's outburst: Could side effects from medications be at fault? — (CSMonitor)
Tributes to popular hot air balloon pilot who took his own life — (GetReading)
Father, son who died in plane crash laid to rest — (Stafford County Sun)
NTSB issues report on Clarkson Valley helicopter crash — (Newsmagazine Network)
Pilot's Last Words before Fatal Crash Help Investigation — (
Pilot Says Grace of God Saved Him in Plane Crash — (NBC Washington)
Pilot dies in single-engine plane crash at St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Airport — (Tampa Bay Times)
Husband of Boynton Beach woman who died in Georgia helicopter crash sues manufacturer — (Palm Beach Post)
Pilots can cover up mental health problems — (The Canberra Times)
UPDATE: Men Killed in Fatal Plane Crash Identified — (Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch)
Plane Crash Victim Was Sioux Falls Doctor — (
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on fluoxetine (Prozac) and Trazodone fails to land plane properly and is killed.
Plane crash victims are ID’d — (My San Antonio)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on paroxetine (Paxil) crashes plane, killing himself and his passenger.
Wire Strikes Cited In Three Fatalities In Two Weeks — (Aero Network)
NTSB Cites Pilot Error for 2011 Z Islander Apartments Plane Crash — (
Preliminary Report on BEECH N569JL Accident at Greensboro — (NTSB)
SSRIs Render Unfriendly Skies — (
NTSK releases report on 2008 Mount Airy plane crash — (Time Warner Cable News)
Pilots in crash may have been impaired — (Tulsa World)
Contraindications: Dr. Doyle John Borchers — (USC Annenburg Reporting on Health)
NTSB Slams NM State Police Over 2009 Helo Crash — (AINonline)
Aircraft Incident/Accident Report Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840 — (
Pilot blamed for Lomita crash — (Daily Breeze News)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on two antidepressants sets fuel valve to empty tank, causing fatal crash.
NTSB: Reason for Pa. glider crash remains unknown — (Daily American)
SSRI Ed note: Woman on antidepressants crashes Glider during takeoff, dies, NTSB speculates that meds may have affected her ability to maintain control.
Bad weather blamed in Block Island plane crash — (Providence Journal)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot taking Prozac and Wellbutrin takes off in perilous conditions, shortly after crashes killing all 3 aboard.
Meds Taken by Ship’s Pilot Led to Action — (Associated Press)
SSRI Ed note: Ship's pilot on diazepam (Valium), bupropion (Wellbutrin) & many other meds unable to navigate properly, causes accident, fuel spill.
Medical Histories of 61 Aviation Accident Pilots with Postmortem SSRI Antidepressant Residues, 1990 – 2001 — (Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine)
SSRI Ed note: Citalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine, or sertraline reported in 61 civil aviation pilot fatalities 1990 - 2001. Yet FAA ended the ban on pilot SSRI use in 2010.
Florida C206 Accident Being Investigated As Possible Suicide — (
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on Celexa tells mom he plans to "fill the plane and fly east until he could not fly any more", he does this, crashes and dies.
Floatplane crashes near Ketchikan, Alaska killing five — (Alaska Report)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on antidepressants not allowed by NTSB (at that time), suicidal, crashed float plane, killing 5.
Hawk Arrow Glider crashes in swamp — (NTSB)
SSRI Ed note: Man on Celexa crashes his glider into a swamp and dies.
FAIRBANKS – A longtime Fairbanks businessman was not medically cleared to fly when he crashed in July, killing himself and a passenger — (Juneau Empire)
SSRI Ed note: Experienced pilot on Prozac takes passenger without seat, stove and other equipment, no flight plan, crashes plane killing both.
Student Pilot Crashes Rented Gran Aire Cessna — (NTSB)
SSRI Ed note: Suicidal pilot on several antidepressants rents plane for solo flight, does not follow plan, disappears, has fatal crash.
Pilot medicated in fatal Cody crash — (Billings Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on Zoloft flying in difficult conditions displays poor judgement, crashes plane and dies.
Report says pilot in crash was on several medications — (The Boston Globe)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on imipramine and desipramine and other meds crashed plane killing himself and 5 others.
Pilot Took Amphetamines before Fatal Helicopter Crash, Report Says — (Milwaukee Journal Sentinal)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot lies about drug use on his license application, not entitled to carry passengers, flies on high levels of Prozac and amphetamine, crashes, 3 die.
NTSB Releases Final Report On Tragic Hughes Racer Crash — (AERO News Network)
SSRI Ed note: Talented aircraft builder and pilot takes Zoloft, flies plane with improperly mounted propeller, crashes and dies.
Plane crash blamed on error, drug — (The Billings Gazette)
SSRI Ed note: Experienced but impaired pilot taking Effexor, benadryl (like an SSRI) drinks, flies too low and slow, crashes plane and dies.
Plane crash inquiry points to weight, drugs: A federal agency is still looking into the 2002 crash that killed two men at the Port of Tampa — (St. Petersburg Times)
SSRI Ed note: Pilot on Elavil and Paxil overloads his Vans RV6A airplane and then performs manoeuvres not recommended. He crashes and he and passenger die.
Suicide by airplane — (Charles O’Rourke)
SSRI Ed note: Suicidal private pilot on Prozac dies in deliberate plane crash.
Crash-Prone Pilot Was Intoxicated — (CBC News)