Investigators say a pilot’s high dose of a prescription anti-depressant may have played a role in the fatal 2002 crash of his experimental airplane.
Scott Reviere’s home-built RV-6A lost power and spiraled down shortly after taking off from Peter O. Knight Airport on Aug. 18, 2002. The aircraft crashed into the Port of Tampa dry docks and caught fire, killing Reviere and passenger John Malecki.
A report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Wednesday blamed the crash on Reviere’s inability to maintain air speed, which caused a stall and spinout. The airport is on Davis Island, just off downtown Tampa.
But Paroxetine in Reviere’s blood at 10 times the normal level also was a factor, the report said. The anti-depressant is often known under the brand name Paxil.