Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board examine the Beechcraft 300 airplane that crashed on takeoff at Tucson International Airport. Two people were confirmed dead. 

The pilot in a 2017 plane crash at the Tucson International Airport that killed two people had marijuana and amphetamine in his system, a new federal report shows.

On Jan. 23, 2017, the privately-owned Beechcraft 300 twisted during take-off about 100 to 150 feet above the runway, a report from the National Transportation Safety Board shows.

The plane then hit the runway and slid more than 600 feet upside down, before crashing into a concrete wall. The pilot, 56-year-old Jeffrey Green, and passenger, 38-year-old Daniel Rodriguez, were killed. 

An autopsy by the Pima County medical examiner said blunt force and thermal injuries caused the deaths.

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Toxicology tests found THC, which is the "primary psychoactive substance in marijuana," in the pilot's system, the federal report says.

The tests also found amphetamine; pseudoephedrine; venlafaxine, which is an antidepressant; and other medications typically used for blood pressure, allergies, and seizures/anxiety.

In a 2016 resume, Green reported that he had 15,100 hours of flight experience. 

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.