Passenger Was Also Killed In The Accident
A Medical Examiner in Tahlequah, Oklahoma has determined that
26-year-old Mark James Mahaney had taken methamphetamine and the
generic pain medication propoxyphene prior to a flight which went
down about a mile after takeoff from a private residence. He and
his passenger, Darci Scraper, were killed when the helicopter
The medical examiners office released the toxicology report
Friday. It says the substances were confirmed by tests on Mahaney's
liver and brain.
According to the NTSB preliminary report issued shortly
following the accident, Mahaney was flying a Robinson Helicopter
R22 Beta, N3234G, which was destroyed when it impacted terrain near
Tahlequah, Oklahoma on October 14, 2009, approximately 0435 CDT. A
post impact fire ensued. Night instrument meteorological conditions
prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was
being conducted without a flight plan. The private pilot and his
passenger were fatally injured. The flight departed a private
residence approximately 0430 and was en route to Tahlequah
Municipal Airport (KTQH), Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
According to local law enforcement, the pilot intended to fly to
KTQH to meet a friend. The helicopter never arrived and the friend
departed the airport without reporting the overdue helicopter.
Family members filed a missing persons report on the passenger on
the afternoon of the 15th and the wreckage was located from the air
the morning of the 16th.
Robinson Helicopters File
The helicopter impacted an open field, adjacent to a small
stream on a magnetic heading of 105 degrees and a field elevation
of 800 feet mean sea level (msl), one mile southeast of the
departure location. Debris was scattered for approximately 220
feet. The main wreckage consisted of the main rotor blades, the
mast and transmission, the fuselage, engine, and tail boom
The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that the mother of Darci
Scraper has filed a wrongful death suit against Mahaney's estate,
his parents, Robinson Helicopter, and others. It is pending in
Oklahoma's Cherokee County District Court.