HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY--At approximately 9:30 a.m. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was notified by Manatee County that a small plane that had left from Manatee Airport had possibly gone down.
The plane had just left the airport and according to the pilot and the tower, when the plane reached 300 feet, the plane began to have engine problems.
A search of the area lead to the discovery of the plane in a cow pasture located at 6528 Highway 41, which is just before Manatee County.
The crash occurred on private property and is located about 500 feet off of Highway 41.
The pilot, identified as 82-year-old Eugene Massa, was alert and talking when he was airlifted to Blake Hospital in Manatee County.
The remainder of the investigation will be conducted by FAA.
The pilot was the only occupant of the plane.