The victim has been identified in a small plane crash that happened just north of the Wesley Chapel area on February 24.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), 59-year-old Dr. Harold Cameron MacManus, a Tennessee resident, was killed when the small aircraft that he was piloting on February 24 crashed in a wooded area near S.R. 52 and Ehren Cutoff.

PCSO says that a relative contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after not hearing from Dr. MacManus after he took off from Tampa North Aero Park, located off S.R. 54 in Lutz (just outside of Wesley Chapel) around 8 a.m. on February 24. Some of the wreckage still was on fire when the debris field was located on February 25 near S.R. 52 and Ehren Cutoff.

PCSO received a call around 2:46 p.m. February 25 about a small plane that may have crashed in the Wesley Chapel area Sunday night, about four miles north of Birdsong Blvd.

The investigation has been taken over by the FAA and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board).

No further information was available at our press time.


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