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Small experimental plane crashed in Hillsborough

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Posted at 9:32 PM, Jan 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-27 21:32:00-05

BRANDENTON, Fla. (AP) - Federal aviation authorities are on the scene of a small plane crash in Hillsborough County.

A sheriff's office statement says the plane is a small experimental ultra-lite fixed wing. It crashed Sunday morning after leaving the Manatee Airport in Bradenton.

The pilot, 82-year-old Eugene Massa, reported that after reaching 300 feet, the plane began to have engine problems and went down in a cow pasture.

Massa was alert and talking when he was airlifted to Blake Hospital. He was the only person on the plane at the time.