Report: Pilot who crashed in Colorado may have been hypoxic


DENVER | Investigators say an air traffic controller believes a pilot who fatally crashed his plane in eastern Colorado may have been oxygen-deprived.

The Denver Post reports ( ) that an initial National Transportation Safety Board report shows that the controller told the pilot to fly at a lower altitude after radar showed his plane making erratic movements.

The report says the pilot, 64-year-old John Lee Stubblefield of Meridian, Idaho, crashed his Cessna P210 in a field near the Colorado-Kansas border on May 18.

The NTSB report says the air traffic controller noticed the Cessna making turns, climbs and descents in the opposite direction of its destination and radioed Stubblefield to let him know he might be disoriented because of a lack of oxygen.


Information from: The Denver Post,