Halladay Had Drugs In System

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Former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay had three drugs in his system when his Icon A5 crashed off the coast of Florida in November. The retired ballplayer had trace amounts of morphine and amphetamine along with an intoxicating level of the sedative zolpidem, commonly known as Ambien, in his bloodstream according to an autopsy report obtained by TMZ. More than 50 nanograms per milliliter of zolpidem is considered by the FDA to be “capable of impairing driving to a degree that increases the risk of a motor vehicle accident” and Halladay’s level was 72 nanograms. Cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma and drowning.

Halladay was observed diving, climbing and doing low-level steep turns over the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater and boaters who shot cellphone video of this flying were the first on the scene of his accident. Halladay had the first of 100 “Founder’s Edition” A5s and shot a promotional video with Icon talking about his lifelong desire to fly, which was interrupted by a 16-year MLB career that included two Cy Young Awards. The NTSB has only issued a preliminary report to date but will be aided by a comprehensive suite of flight data recorders that should enable investigators to plot every moment of the fatal flight.

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His flying gave GA a black eye; but this info makes it a one-two punch to the general aviation community. We DON'T WANT people like this in GA that give cause for more regulation and restrictions and testing and bans. It turns out that the cell phone guy was 100% right in his use of profanity.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | January 20, 2018 1:39 PM    Report this comment

"Thrill seeking" or "risk taking" are relative terms that describe a broad spectrum of attitudes and behaviors. Some people are afraid of going on a ferris wheel, while some people like the thrills of the fastest and highest roller coaster they can find.
The common thread that seems to run through persons who seek out adventure is that they are open to many kinds of stimulation, including using chemical substances.
General aviation can offer the adventure seeking individual the opportunity to engage in very stimulating experiences, such as diving and swooping and speeding close to the ground.
I, for one, do not have a pat answer for preventing such individuals from behaving in thrill seeking behaviors.
However, publicizing their behavior to the general public in as broad a fashion as possible while simultaneously publicizing the comparatively enormous number of flights and operations that are carried out daily by members of the aviation community, might minimize the damage that these individuals self centered behavior produces to the aviation community.

Posted by: Richard Katz | January 20, 2018 5:04 PM    Report this comment

"Thrill seeking" or "risk taking" are relative terms that describe a broad spectrum of attitudes and behaviors. Some people are afraid of going on a ferris wheel, while some people like the thrills of the fastest and highest roller coaster they can find.
The common thread that seems to run through persons who seek out adventure is that they are open to many kinds of stimulation, including using chemical substances.
General aviation can offer the adventure seeking individual the opportunity to engage in very stimulating experiences, such as diving and swooping and speeding close to the ground.
I, for one, do not have a pat answer for preventing such individuals from behaving in thrill seeking behaviors.
However, publicizing their behavior to the general public in as broad a fashion as possible while simultaneously publicizing the comparatively enormous number of flights and operations that are carried out daily by members of the aviation community, might minimize the damage that these individuals self centered behavior produces to the aviation community.

Posted by: Richard Katz | January 20, 2018 5:04 PM    Report this comment

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