1 man dead following small plane crash

1 man dead following small plane crash


WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WATE/AP) - Authorities say one man is dead following a small plane crash in the Tampa Bay area.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports that single-engine plane went down after taking off from Tampa Aero Park North in Lutz. The crash happened about ten miles from the airport.

Authorities on Monday recovered the body of 59-year-old Harold Cameron MacManus, who was heading home to Tennessee.

He is believed to be the pilot. The plane was registered to a Pikeville address, according to FAA records.

The PA28 aircraft took off Sunday and there were reportedly calls in from the Tampa area that a plane had crashed, but the wreckage was not found until Monday.

Initial reports indicate the plane was still on fire when it was discovered, and that nearly an acre of land around the crash site burned as well.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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