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Date of Issue: December 20, 2007

Bradenton Beach man dies in Virginia plane crash

Hugh Bryant, 43, of Bradenton Beach, died Dec. 9 in a single-engine plane crash in Virginia.

According to reports, the plane had taken off from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, bound for Virginia and the plane was cleared for landing at the Warrenton-Fauguier Airport in Virginia at 9 p.m., but when it hadn't landed as scheduled, authorities began a search.

The plane was found at about 4:15 a.m. Dec. 10 approximately 4 miles northwest of the airport.

Fog may have contributed to the crash.

Bryant, of the 2300 block of Avenue B, is survived by his wife Constanza. The couple lobbied Bradenton Beach city commissioners last week to allow dogs on the new Coquina Beach Trail in the city, although no action was taken.

She left for Virginia Tuesday morning, according to reports.

Bryant was a computer analyst who spent much of his time in Washington, D.C., Virginia and working out of his Bradenton Beach home, according to neighbor Ines Norman.

“He was a very nice, gentle man and a nice person,” she said. “He and Constanza were a very devoted couple.”

Norman said Bryant had been flying for 12 years, and he had owned the plane that crashed for seven years.

“He loved flying,” she said. “It was his passion.”