Pilot dies in plane crash near Love Field fly-in community

83-year-old Weirsdale man on board, officials say

Lady Lake plane crash near Marion County Road.
Lady Lake plane crash near Marion County Road.

LADY LAKE, Fla. – A pilot was killed when a small plane crashed Friday near a Lake County fly-in community, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Vans RV-12 airplane went down near Singletary and Marion County roads around 1:25 p.m., Lake County Sheriff's Office officials said. The crash happened near Love Field and Love's Landing Aviation Community, a fly-in community on Kittyhawk Drive.

One person was onboard, officials said. Officials later identified the pilot as 83-year-old William Joseph Phaneuf, of Weirdsdale. 

Lake County Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services were on scene. 

Sky 6 video showed the small plane in a grassy field surrounded by burned grass. Sheriff's Office officials said fire rescue put out a fire on scene. 

Authorities said the investigation was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA will determine the cause of the crash, officials said.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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