Ultralight Challenger Plane Crashes In Plant City Killing Pilot After Failing To Make 3rd Landing Attempt
Plant City, Fla. -
An Ultralight Challenger small single seat aircraft has crashed at the Blackwater Creek Flight Park in Plant City, just outside Tampa. The pilot, 79 year old William L. Phillips, was killed.
Officials have stated that he made two previous landing attempts before finally crashing after coming in hard and flat the third time.
Rescue crews found Phillips dead, still buckled into his seat and were unable to revive him.
Investigators with Hillsborough County are at the scene conducting an investigation to make sure no criminal activity cause the plane to crash.
Blackwater Creek is a 2,300 foot grass runway, these types of "neighborhood runways" are common in many Florida communities.