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One dead after plane crash in Land O'Lakes

LAND O'LAKES — A man was killed early Saturday after his small plane crashed in a field near Lake Irene Drive and Bexley Road.

Investigators, who have not identified the pilot, believe he was flying a Cessna 172.

The flight originated out of Pensacola, but the plane was registered to a man in California, said Pasco Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.

Authorities have not determined what caused the plane to crash, Doll said, but indications of trouble appeared around 3 a.m.

"At about 3 a.m., air traffic control notified us that it had lost the plane on radar," Doll said. "At about the same time, someone on the Suncoast Parkway reported seeing fire or a flash coming from the woods."

The pilot clipped some trees before crashing, Doll said. The plane's wreckage is spread over an area that is about a quarter to a half mile wide.

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation, Doll said.

One dead after plane crash in Land O'Lakes 09/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 22, 2012 5:53pm]
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