NBC News: ‘Now It’s Too Late’: Why the Off-Course Plane Couldn’t Stop

deprivation of oxygen in-flight
BY M. Alex Johnson
Medical and aviation experts told NBC News that indicated that either the pilot had fallen victim to a medical emergency, like a stroke or a heart attack, or that his plane suffered a loss of cabin pressure leading to deprivation of oxygen causing a euphoric state called hypoxia.
The circumstances closely resemble those surrounding the crash of a small plane whose pilot lost consciousness and breached restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., before crashing into the Atlantic Ocean last Saturday, said Glenn King, a test pilot and director of advanced pilot training for the NASTAR Center, a federally licensed flight research and training facility in Southampton, Pennsylvania.
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