Pilot in crash was brother of USF professor Susan MacManus - FOX 13 News

Pilot in crash was brother of USF professor Susan MacManus

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WESLEY CHAPEL (FOX 13) -

A pilot from Tennessee was killed in a plane crash in Pasco County, and investigators are working to determine when the crash happened, and what led up to it.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office identified the pilot as 59-year-old Harold Cameron MacManus.

USF political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus confirmed to FOX 13 Wednesday night that Harold MacManus was her brother, and had been in town for a visit.

MacManus took off in a small plane from Tampa North Flight Center around 8:30 Sunday morning, the sheriff's office said.

Family members contacted the FAA when they didn't hear from him.

Then early Monday morning, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office says they got a call about a possible plane crash and began investigating.

Monday afternoon, they found the wreckage near State Road 52 and Ehren Cutoff Road -- nearly 32 hours after it took off.

Keith Carver owns Tampa North and is a seasoned pilot himself. He was at the airport when the plane took off Sunday, and says it was pretty foggy when MacManus left.

"They were poor enough conditions where we canceled all of our flight lessons with our flight school that we have here at the airport," Carver said.

He and other pilots at the airport are saddened about MacManus' death, but say that all pilots tend to put things in perspective.

"Everybody who is in the aviation industry realizes there is a certain risk to flying," Carver said.

Pasco County Sheriff's Deputies say they got a call from someone who lives near the wreckage at about 2:30 Monday morning saying they heard an explosion.

Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board personnel are on the ground investigating the cause of the crash.

Susan MacManus, who is a high-profile political analyst and frequent guest on FOX 13, said her brother had been in town to visit family and play golf.

MacManus said she is glad she was able to spend that quality time with him, and that at least he died quickly, doing what he loved, flying.

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