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Report says pilot in crash was on several medications

LEOMINSTER -- A pilot who crashed his plane into a Nashua Street business last year had morphine, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants in his system, The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reported Saturday.

The crash on April 4, 2003, killed pilot Robert A. Monaco and five other people, including philanthropist and developer M. Anthony Fisher, 52, and his wife Anne, who were flying their daughter Tora to a private school, Cushing Academy. M. Anthony Fisher served on the school's board.

Tora survived the fiery crash. The crash also killed Michael Campanelli, 36, and Thomas Fox, 50, both of New York, and copilot Eric Jacobson, 30, of Peabody.

The Beechcraft B200 crashed about a mile from the airport runway. A National Transportation Safety Board report released Friday said that Monaco, 49, of Lexington, had morphine, desipramine, imipramine, and carbamazepine in his system, according to an autopsy conducted the day after the crash.

The autopsy results were included in the NTSB report.

Imipramine and desipramine are antidepressants, and carbamazapine is used to control seizures.

Monaco had been diagnosed with viral meningitis in January 2002, according to the NTSB report, and described aches from ''head to toe" along with ''explosive headaches," episodes of disorientation, seizures, and migraines.

Monaco's physician had last seen him on March 6, 2003, less than a month before the crash, and reported that he sought relief for ''incapacitating" shooting pain in his right side.

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