May 12, 2020
By: Staff Report
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. – Pasco County fire officials say one person has died after a single-engine Beechcraft crashed in a neighborhood.
The plane went down in a resident’s backyard, located in a neighborhood located off of State Road 54. The crash resulted in a grass fire. A portion of the backyard’s fence was in flames too, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.
WESLEY CHAPEL PLANE CRASH UPDATE #1: Firefighters on scene have confirmed 1 fatality from this single engine Beechcraft. We received the call around 11:30 AM, and arrived to a fully enclosed plane down in the back yard. FAA investigators are headed to the scene now. #PCFRNews pic.twitter.com/oWfh5wviod— Pasco Fire Rescue (@PascoFireRescue) May 12, 2020
Pasco County Fire Rescue’s spokesman Corey Dierdorff said the cause of hte crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. As of Tuesday afternoon, it’s unknown where the plane initially took off.
“The plane was very badly damaged,” Dierdorff said. “So, we’re still trying to confirm the tail number.”
County officials are asking people to avoid the area.
“When you see the actual crash site itself, it was pretty contained in the backyard of this home,” Dierdorff explained. “We’re very thankful that…there were no further injuries but our hearts do out go out to the family impacted.”