An unidentified man was killed Saturday morning when the small plane he was piloting went down near Blackwater Creek Flight Park in Plant City.
The incident occurred just after 11:30 AM in the 9000 block of Paul Buchman Highway.
According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office report the pilot of a single-seat Challenger plane made two unsuccessful attempts to land on the grass runway of the airport.
On the third approach the aircraft when down hard on the belly of the fuselage and then skidded approximately 50 yards. It came to a stop on the grass runaway and paramedics were quickly dispatched to the scene.
The pilot was found deceased, still strapped to his seat inside the plane.
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Authority also responded to the crash site to assist in determining the cause of the fatal incident.
The pilot's official cause of death has not yet been determined. The report states the aircraft was among approximately 12 that were stored at the Blackwater Creek Airport.
The owner has not been determined as the investigation continues.
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