Crash Pilot "Impaired" By Marijuana

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The pilot of a Cessna 182 that crashed near Delta, Colo., a year ago had smoked pot within three hours of the crash and “was impaired by its effects at the time of the accident,” according to an NTSB report that was released in October and reported last week in Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Pilot Glen Harcourt and passengers Tim Hackett and Bolling Barton Willse died when the plane hit a power line before crashing in a field. Witnesses said they saw the airplane “buzz the ranch” that was its intended destination before clipping the line. Autopsies on the passengers showed neither had any drugs or alcohol in their systems, according to the newspaper. The news added to the grief of Hackett’s parents, Robert and Nancy Hackett. “This news has reinitiated our grief and anger over Tim’s death,” the Hacketts said in a prepared statement. “No one should lose their life because someone else chooses to be impaired.” The report identified Harcourt’s marijuana use as a contributing factor to the crash.