NEW PORT RICHEY — A pilot was taken to the hospital Monday evening after making a crash landing along the west Pasco coast.
The pilot, whose name has not been released, landed his small aircraft shortly after 6 p.m. on Strauber Memorial Highway, near Trouble Creek Road. He was the only person in the aircraft.
Pasco emergency responders said the pilot was alert and able to walk after the hard landing.
The aircraft came to rest in a ditch just west of the highway. One wing was shredded down to the metal framework. The other wing dipped into a canal that feeds into the Gulf of Mexico.
The plane featured a logo for Team Tango, a Williston company that is "a leader in fast-build aircraft kits," according to its website.
Traffic backed up on the highway as Pasco Fire Rescue tended to the scene. Crews with Pasco County Emergency Management also responded to deal with any fuel or other chemicals that might seep into the canal.