According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the airplane took off from Clearwater Air Park Sunday morning and traveled to Zephyrhills. Benedict and his passenger were returning to the air park when something went wrong.
The Pinellas County Central Communications received a call about the crash at about 10:23 a.m. Sunday.
The plane ended up going down on Keene Road about a half mile from the airpark. Benedict told deputies he thought the airplane was having engine problems.