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February 8, 2007
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NTSB: Marijuana a factor in plane crash

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) " Marijuana use was a factor in the crash of a small plane that killed a pilot and his two passengers near Delta last year, a National Transportation Safety Board report said.

Levels of marijuana reported on Federal Aviation Administration toxicology tests suggested the pilot likely had used marijuana within three hours of the crash, "and that the pilot was impaired by its effects at the time of the accident," according to the report dated Oct. 12.

The Cessna 182 left Telluride on Feb. 23 for the Gunnison River Farms Hunting Club about 10 miles east of Delta when it struck a power line and crashed in a field.

Pilot Glen Harcourt, 40, of Sawpit, died along with his passengers Tim Hackett, 24, of Grand Junction and Bolling Barton Willse of Maryland.

"This news has reinitiated our grief and anger over Tim's death," Hackett's parents, Robert and Nancy Hackett, said in a prepared statement. "No one should lose their life because someone else chooses to be impaired."

No one at Steeprock Builders, the company Harcourt owned, was available to comment Thursday.

Autopsies by the Delta County Coroner's Office showed Hackett and Willse had no drugs or alcohol in their systems at the time of the crash.

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