Deceased pilot worked for Switzerland-based charter airline
Deputies responding to the scene early Saturday morning found debris spread out for about one-half mile.
LAND O' LAKES (FOX 13) -
Authorities in Pasco County have identified the pilot of a 2004 Cessna 172S that crashed early Saturday morning in Land O' Lakes.
Andreas Wendel, 48, was a resident of Switzerland who worked for Edelweiss Air, a charter airline based in Kloten, Switzerland.
According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report the deceased has not relatives in the United States. Witnesses say Wendel's plane clipped some power lines before crashing in a field near the intersection of Lake Irene Dr. and Bexley Rd.
Several calls came into the Pasco County Emergency Communications Center shortly after the aircraft went down just after 3 a.m. Deputies found debris strewn for approximately one-half mile.
The official cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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