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Pasco Plane Crash Leaves One Dead In Central Florida [Video]

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A Tennessee man piloting a small plane was killed this week when his aircraft went down near Tampa, Florida.

According to Tampa Bay Online, 59-year-old Harold Cameron MacManus was headed to Tennessee when his PA-28 single-propeller plane crashed near a wildlife preserve in Pasco County, Florida.

Fox News reports MacManus, a family doctor in his home state, took off from Tampa North Flight Center around 8:30 Sunday morning.

The wreckage of his plane was found Monday afternoon about 10 miles from the airport.

Following the crash, one of MacManus’ family members contacted the Federal Aviation Administration after they had not heard from the him after takeoff, the Pasco County sheriff’s office said.

MacManus was the brother of USF Political Science professor Susan MacManus, a well-known political analyst for ABC Action News and other media.

“He’s a beloved country doctor,” Susan MacManus told Bay News 9. “I think that says it all. People, his patients, he practices in a very poor part of Tennessee in the mountains and I can’t tell you how many times that patients would pay him with cakes or collard greens or some kind of food and he would just smile and say I’ve been looking forward to that all the time. I knew you would bring me something good. That was the kind of guy he was.”

Though authorities have yet to pinpoint the cause of the crash, it is believed poor weather could have been a factor.

“They were poor enough conditions where we canceled all of our flight lessons with our flight school that we have here at the airport,” said Keith Carver, a seasoned pilot who was at the airport when MacManus left.

“Everybody who is in the aviation industry realizes there is a certain risk to flying,” Carver added.

ABC has more on the tragic Pasco County, Florida plane crash in the video below:

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3 Responses to “Pasco Plane Crash Leaves One Dead In Central Florida [Video]”

  1. Robert S

    Why did the NTSB walk away from their own Safety Recommendation, A-83-6, after closing it with the status, CLOSED UNACCEPTABLE ACTION?

    Why did FAA Safety Recommendations 99.283 & 99.284 about undetectable water in Cessna integral fuel tanks vanish into thin air?

    What prompted FAA SAIB CE-10-40R1 issued July 30, 2010 and SAIB CE-12-06 issued November 2, 2011 both warning pilots about the hazards associated with water contamination of Cessna fuel tank systems?

    Why did the NTSB ignore my Petition about this anomaly? http://www.sumpthis.com/ntsbpetition/ntsbpetitioncontents.htm

    Aircraft takes off and changes it attitude. When it takes off and changes its attitude could water hiding in the fuel tank then change its attitude? Could this water in the fuel tank leave its hiding place after takeoff and make its way to the engine fuel pick-up?

    The NTSB has written off engine failures in General Aviation Aircraft well over six thousand four hundred eighteen times with the probable cause of UNDETERMINED.
    If the NTSB cannot get a handle on the simplicity of air, spark, compression and UNCONTAMINATED FUEL, maybe the NTSB should ask a good old country boy mechanic.

    Do not believe blindly in the FAA certification where the pre-flight procedure and checking the sump for water in the fuel tanks.

    How often have you witnessed any water in your sump cup? Could your answer be a clue?