A pilot who died after his ultra-light aircraft crashed Sunday morning at the Hernando County Airport has been identified as 50-year-old Christopher Ambrose Washington of Spring Hill.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, reports came in about 11:38 a.m. that a small plane had crashed near the airport. Deputies and fire/rescue personnel found an ultra-light burning in a field at the southeast portion of the airport.
Witnesses said that the ultra-light took off from the north end of the airport and was heading east, but started struggling once it reached about 200 feet, the sheriff's office said.
The aircraft then appeared to have stalled, spiraling to the ground and bursting into flames, according to the sheriff's office.
Washington's body has been turned over to the medical examiner's office.