Pilot Whose Deadly Crash Airport Missed Was Drunk

Michael Callan had BAC of .081, just over Tennessee's .08 limit.
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2014 3:20 AM CST
The crash wreckage in Nashville.   (foxnashville)

(Newser) – An autopsy report on the Canadian pilot who crashed undetected in Nashville—the one who inexplicably claimed Taylor Swift as his next of kin—has found Michael Callan was legally drunk when his plane went down after circling the airport on Oct. 29. Though two-thirds of his body was burnt, no soot was found in his windpipe, showing Callan—whose BAC was .081, just over Tennessee's legal limit—died of multiple blunt force and thermal injuries before his plane was engulfed in flames, the autopsy read, per the Tennessean. There's also this jarring line from the report: "A battery is embedded beneath the skin of the right upper arm." An investigation is still ongoing. (Read more Nashville stories.)

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