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One Dead in Crash of Small Plane

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2003

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The two-seater crashed about two miles northeast of State Road 52 and I-75 in Pasco County.
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One man was killed an another critically injured when the small airplane they were flying in crashed in central Pasco County.

Wade Shotts, 67, of 30614 Pasco Road, was test flying the plane with a potential buyer, said Lt. Joe Frontz of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The plane, 1957 Aeronca model, 11AC Chief, crashed just north of Shotts' private landing strip.

Shotts was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he was listed in critical condition.

The buyer died at the scene. Authorities did not release the name and were still trying to notify relatives this afternoon.

Shotts' brother-in-law, Bill Mack, said Shotts had flown the plane for 10 years without incident.

Further details in Saturday's Times.

[Last modified December 5, 2003, 15:44:14]

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