NTSB Issues Update In Fatal Plane Crash

Friday, December 19th 2008, 12:18 pm
By: News On 6


MIAMI, OK -- The National Transportation Safety Administration has released its factual report in connection with a fatal airplane crash on the Will Rogers Turnpike in April.

In that report, NTSB investigators say toxicological tests of the pilot, 72-year old Clair Tromsness of Miami, detected a number of drugs, including Tradadol, Hydrocodone, Gabapentin, Bupropion, Trazodone, and Acetaminophen in his blood.

A review of the pilot's personal medical records revealed a history of anxiety, depression, muscle pain, severe headaches most mornings, obstructive sleep apnea and memory loss since at least 1999.

Tromsness was killed in the accident.

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He was flying an experimental single engine aircraft, when several witnesses said Tromsness' plane spiraled into the ground, striking a concrete barrier in the middle of the Will Rogers Turnpike near Miami.

The crash happened on April 28.

The FAA conducted an on-scene examination of the airplane, which says most of the plane was destroyed by fire after the crash.

The NTSB says the pilot held a private pilot certificate and his last FAA medical exam was November 27, 2007.

After retiring as an NEO A & M English professor in 1980, Tromsness founded the Miami Missionary Tent Company.