Pilot of Crashed Planed Was Taking Celexa—(kswo.com)

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Associated Press – April 10, 2009 5:25 AM ET

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) – A report from the National Transportation Safety Board says a Tennessee man who was piloting an experimental plane that crashed shouldn’t have been flying.

The preliminary NTSB report says 59-year-old Ronald Dickey of Williston, Tennessee, had the antidepressant, Celexa, in his system.

The report says the pilot would’ve been warned not to fly while taking the medication.

Dickey’s RV-6-A kit airplane went down in a southeast Muskogee neighborhood Aug. 11th. It crashed in a large vacant lot between two houses, but there were no injuries on the ground.

Because of the condition of the wreckage, it could not be confirmed whether the aircraft, an RV-6A kit airplane, was equipped for instrument flight.

Dickey was instrument-rated, but his wife told authorities he preferred to fly under visual flight rules.

Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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