2016 plane crash victims had drugs, alcohol says pathologist


Final report on crash yet to be released

By Erik Martin - emartin@aimmedianetwork.com



Toxicology reports from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office state the two victims of a September 2016 plane crash, Clayton Heins and Jacob Turner, had traces of cocaine, alcohol and Xanax in their systems. The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to issue its final report on the crash.


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ARCANUM — Autopsies performed on two young men in a fatal 2016 aircraft accident near Arcanum, Ohio, shows the two had drugs and alcohol in their systems when the plane crashed.

Clayton Heins, 20, of Arcanum, was the pilot of the yellow Piper Cub single engine aircraft. On board was passenger Jacob Turner, 19, of Greenville. Both were killed when the aircraft crashed in a field near Dull Road Sept. 14, 2016.

The toxicology reports from the postmortem examinations, dated October 28, 2016, and performed by Forensic Pathologist Lee D. Lehman of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, states cocaine, alcohol and alprazolam (Xanax) were detected in the blood of both victims.

The report lists the cause of death for both as “multiple trauma.”

The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) initial report on the accident states:

“On September 14, 2016, about 0915 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-11 airplane, N4910M, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Arcanum, Ohio. The student pilot and passenger were fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions existed at the time of the accident. The local flight departed without a flight plan from a private grass strip about 0800.”

Investigators believe Turner was filming the flight when the plane crashed.

“According to onboard video posted by the passenger to his Facebook page, the airplane was maneuvering near the grass strip, with the student pilot in the front seat and the passenger in the rear seat. The airplane subsequently impacted into a cornfield about 300 yards north of the grass strip, which damaged both wings and fuselage. The airplane came to rest about 100 feet from the initial ground impact point,” says the NTSB report.

NTSB has yet to issue its final report on the crash.

Christopher T. O’Neil, chief of NTSB Media Relations, told The Daily Advocate, “The case remains under investigation. Most cases take between 12 and 18 months before a final report is issued.”

Toxicology reports from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office state the two victims of a September 2016 plane crash, Clayton Heins and Jacob Turner, had traces of cocaine, alcohol and Xanax in their systems. The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to issue its final report on the crash.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/06/web1_plane-crash-0004-PRINT.jpgToxicology reports from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office state the two victims of a September 2016 plane crash, Clayton Heins and Jacob Turner, had traces of cocaine, alcohol and Xanax in their systems. The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to issue its final report on the crash. Advocate image
Final report on crash yet to be released

By Erik Martin

emartin@aimmedianetwork.com

The writer may be reached at 937-569-4314. Join the conversation and get updates on Facebook search Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com

The writer may be reached at 937-569-4314. Join the conversation and get updates on Facebook search Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com