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Teen Crash Pilot Had No Drugs

January 16, 2002

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The 15-year-old student pilot who crashed a small plane into a Tampa skyscraper did not have alcohol or drugs in his system when he died, police said.

Charles Bishop’s blood tested negative for a range of substances, including antidepressants, marijuana and cocaine, said Dr. Wayne Duer, chief toxicologist with the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s office.

The results, released Tuesday, also didn’t show traces of Accutane, an acne medication with alleged links to depression or suicide. A prescription for Accutane in Bishop’s name was found at his home.

Investigators are trying to determine what might have prompted Bishop to steal a Cessna and crash it into a downtown skyscraper Jan. 5.

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled out mechanical failure earlier this week, but still isn’t calling the incident deliberate.

A suicide note praising Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was found in Bishop’s pocket. Bishop’s family and teachers describe him as a friendly young man looking forward to the future.

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