All four accidents involved small, privately owned unconventional planes.
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.
The plane lost power upon takeoff and crashed off Mendoza Road.
A 47-year-old pilot from Palmetto crashed his ultra-light plane Sunday on Mendoza Road, but walked away from the accident, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. At 2:45 p.m., pilot Randy Roman took off in his Blue Rotax 447 Ultra-Light, when the plane lost power. The plane clipped some tree tops before crashing. The accident occurred along the 3200 block of Mendoza Road. The plane was a total loss, and will be transported back to the airfield.