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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 39211
Last updated: 21 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ted Smith Aerostar 600
Registration: N97CC
C/n / msn: 600154068
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pacific Ocean, near Avalon, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Fullerton, CA (FUL)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot/owner was performing a post maintenance check flight about 20 miles off shore. He was receiving visual flight advisories from a terminal radar approach facility while in level flight about 4,900 feet msl. Subsequently, the airplane started slowing then descending in a right spiral, and radar contact was lost about 1,000 feet msl. The pilot's body was recovered from the ocean. According to the autopsy report, the pilot had experienced sudden cardiac death secondary to an acute myocardial infarction due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. Tramadol, a painkiller not approved by the FAA for flight, was detected in a drug screen and may have masked the chest pain.

Probable Cause: The pilot's in-flight loss of control due to physical incapacitation from sudden cardiac death secondary to an acute myocardial infarction.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Jun-2013 01:58 JINX Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
14-Dec-2017 09:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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