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.