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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 9:11 am

BRANDENTON, Fla. (AP) - Federal aviation authorities are on the scene of a small plane crash in Hillsborough County.

A sheriff's office statement says the plane is a small experimental ultra-lite fixed wing. It crashed Sunday morning after leaving the Manatee Airport in Bradenton.

The pilot, 82-year-old Eugene Massa, reported that after reaching 300 feet, the plane began to have engine problems and went down in a cow pasture. Massa was alert and talking when he was airlifted to Blake Hospital. He was the only person on the plane at the time.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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