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Pot Smoking Called Factor in Teens' Plane Crash

(Story created: 9/13/06)

Last year, a plane crash claimed the lives of two young men -- both from prominent Nashville families. But no one ever talked about the cause of the crash -- until now.

19-year-old Bo Cheadle and 18-year-old Trevor Yarbrough were both from good families.

They had both attended one of Nashville's more elite prep schools.

Which may be why their deaths had everyone looking in the wrong place for answers.

The two died last year when their single-engine plane crashed.

That plane -- flown by Cheadle -- was making a rapid, climbing turn just after takeoff from Nashville's John Tune airport.

Among the questions everyone first asked: Was there was something wrong with Cheadle's plane? Did he have enough flight experience?

But what you haven't heard is this:

Crash investigators say autopsies showed that both young men had traces of marijuana in their bodies.

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the crash was caused by the pilot Cheadle's "failure to maintain airspeed while maneuvering."

The NTSB added: "A factor was the pilot's impairment due to drugs."

Which may not be the lesson that their good families or their good school wanted to come from this tragedy.

But it's a valuable lesson for all kids -- no matter where they're from or how much money their families have -- the next time someone tells them that a little pot never killed anyone.

Read the NTSB report

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