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TESTS REJECT DRUG ROLE IN A-10 CRASH

The pilot of an A-10 warplane that mysteriously veered 800 miles off course was not on drugs or impaired by alcohol when his jet crashed in the Rockies last April, military officials said Friday.

"All the toxicology findings were negative -- negative for drugs, negative for HIV, you name it," said Senior Master Sgt. Jim Katzaman, an Air Force spokesman.

Air Force Capt. Craig Button was on a routine training mission when his jet veered off course April 2 and crashed near Vail, Colo. Winter conditions delayed a search until months later.

Katzaman said investigators found nothing to substantiate news reports attributed to unidentified sources that Button may have crashed intentionally because an estranged lover was about to reveal their homosexual affair.

"They turned up absolutely nothing in the background investigation to indicate why Capt. Button would have broke formation and flew off," Katzaman said.

Button was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force bases near Tucson, Ariz.

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