A small plane crash Sunday involving an 82-year-old pilot and an experimental ultralight aircraft was not as rare as it may sound, at least in southwest Florida.
Pilot Eugene Massa was hospitalized with injuries but is expected to survive. According to Bay News 9, Massa has 30 years of experience flying small planes.
The crash is the fourth this year of a small private plane in the Manatee County area.
- On Jan. 20, an ultralight plane crashed on Mendoza Road, with the 47-year-old pilot, Randy Roman, 47, not injured.
- On Jan. 12, 70-year-old pilot John Ardoyno was killed when his amphibious plane crashed at the New College of Florida. His passenger, William Jackson, also died.
- On Dec. 31, 82-year-old pilot James Clendenon died when his ultalight plane crashed off Buckeye Road in northern Manatee County.