Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Redder Airport

Manatee, Florida 34221
Friday, March 3, 2000 17:20 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
According to witnesses at the accident site, the airplane was about 80 feet above the runway, on final approach to land, when it suddenly nosed into the ground. Both witnesses reported that the engine appeared to have been operating prior to impact. The toxicology report indicated that propoxyphene, amitriptyline, and a high level of diphenhydramine were found in the pilot's blood. Propoxyphene is a prescription narcotic painkiller known to impair cognitive performance. Amitriptyline is a sedating antidepressant. Diphenhydramine is an over-the-counter sedating antihistamine. The pilot had no current FAA medical certificate.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's impairment due to the use of unapproved medication which led to loss of control in flight.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/3/2000 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event1720 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityManatee 
Event StateFLORIDA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site34221 
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude272907N 
Event Location Longitude0823203W 
Event Location AirportRedder Airport 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID-- 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation27 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1655 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)350 
Weather Observation Facility IDMCF 
Elevation of weather observation facility13 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)45 
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting Conditions-- 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height4000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles)
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)21 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)15 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)300 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.98 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)13876 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateMar 3 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 30 2003 9:55AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeTampa FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberNONE 
NTSB NumberATL00LA031 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filed-- 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageDestroyed 
Aircraft Fire-- 
Aircraft Explosion-- 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full Nameunknown 
Aircraft Modelunknown 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number-- 
Certified Max Gross Weight-- 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassNot Registered 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?Yes 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft-- 
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionUnknown 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours22 
ELT InstalledUnknown 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner Nameunregistered 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner City-- 
Aircraft Owner State-- 
Aircraft Owner Country-- 
Aircraft Owner Zipcode-- 
Operator is an individual?Yes 
Operator NameJames C. Lipe 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address8327 9th Way North St 
Operator CitySt. Petersburg 
Operator StateFL 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code33702 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on Board-- 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport Code-- 
Departure CityManatee 
Departure StateFL 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time-- 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code-- 
Destination City-- 
Destination State-- 
Destination Country-- 
Specific Phase of FlightApproach - VFR pattern - final approach 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 25 2006 12:07PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\HAMG  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location27 
Runway Length3700 
Runway Width100 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--