Ultra-light crashes, bursts into flames after take off at Hernando County Airport

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - A second ultra-light aircraft has crashed Sunday, officials say.

This crash occurred hours after the same type of aircraft crashed into power lines in Pasco County near U.S. 41 and State Road 52 around 8:30 a.m.

Denise Moloney, spokeswoman for Hernando County Sheriff's Office, said a small ultra-light aircraft, piloted by Christopher Ambrose Washington, 50, from Spring Hill, had taken off from Hernando County Airport around 11:30 a.m.

Witnesses said that shortly after takeoff the plane appeared to be having issues. At 200 feet in the air the plane started to struggle to maintain altitude.

The aircraft started to stall in the air and began spiraling toward the ground.

When the plane hit the ground it burst into flames said Moloney.

Hernando County Fire crews responded to the scene and found the pilot deceased.

The body has been taken to the Medical Examiner's office for further observation.

The name of the aircraft's operator is not being released at this time.

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