Pilot, passenger in critical condition after Pasco County plane crash

Flight instructor Mike Donahue, 63, center, his friend Max Combs, 56, left, and a man they identified as an FAA official, look over the wreckage Monday of the single-engine Piper that crashed Sunday near Pilot Country Airport in central Pasco County.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

Flight instructor Mike Donahue, 63, center, his friend Max Combs, 56, left, and a man they identified as an FAA official, look over the wreckage Monday of the single-engine Piper that crashed Sunday near Pilot Country Airport in central Pasco County.

SHADY HILLS — Two men injured in a plane crash at a small private airport in central Pasco County on Sunday remained in critical condition Monday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Pilot Arthur J. Michaud, 49, of 10524 Merlin Drive in New Port Richey, and passenger Anthony Parisi, 46, of 3055 Sugar Bear Trail in Palm Harbor, crashed in their single-engine Piper at 2:10 p.m. in a field at the end of the runway near Pilot Country Airport on State Road 52.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Harold Hedrick, 55, has known Michaud for about six years and does propeller testing at Michaud's company, Prop Works Inc. in Lakeland. Michaud owns the company that sells and overhauls airplane propellers.

Hedrick said Michaud has flown for about nine years.

"It's sickening," Hedrick said. "Art loved flying. Until we know what happened, it's going to be hard to talk about."

Parisi has a pest-control business and was a student pilot, Hedrick said.

Pilot, passenger in critical condition after Pasco County plane crash 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 11:01pm]

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