Plane Crash-Lands on Florida Beach, Killing Man and Critically Injuring His Daughter

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via Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Ommy Irizarry and his 9-year-old daughter, Oceana, were strolling along the sand just outside the surf in Venice, Florida, yesterday afternoon when a small aircraft plummeted from the sky. The Piper, which had lost power midflight, slammed to a stop on the sand without seriously injuring the pilot or his passenger, but it careened into the father and daughter before they could react.

Ommy Irizarry was killed, and Oceana remains in critical condition this morning.

"My office just called to check 15 minutes ago, and the girl remains in critical condition," Sarasota spokeswoman Wendy Rose told Riptide around 8 a.m. Monday.

The tragedy reportedly began around 2:45 p.m. yesterday when a Piper piloted by 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor of Englewood, Florida, and carrying passenger David Theen, a 60-year-old from the same town, radioed Sarasota's airport to report trouble.

The pilot told air traffic controllers that he wouldn't make it back to the runway and that he'd try to set down on nearby Caspersen Beach, CBS reports.

The plane landed just outside the surf, but the pilot slammed into the father and daughter, who were out for an afternoon stroll. A woman who witnessed the crash reportedly had a heart attack at the sight.

Ommy and Oceana Irizarry lived in Georgia, Rose says, though a Facebook page for Ommy says he's originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Hours before the accident, he posted a Facebook message to his wife celebrating their ninth anniversary together.

via Facebook
That message has been flooded with shocked condolences this morning from friends and family.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident, Rose tells Riptide.

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Yesenia Singh Gaharwar
Yesenia Singh Gaharwar

Yes my love Prakash Singh Gaharwar is really Sad babu :( Prayers to the family Nd for the girl

James Eagles
James Eagles

I wonder why he died? The plane doesn't look like it is in bad shape at all.

Jackson Lainez
Jackson Lainez

Ileana Cruz read this sad story. Rain Cartagena you too. The morning he died he posted, "Today, 9 years ago, I tied my life to my beautiful wife Rebecca Irizarry. Wow, how fast time has passed. They say time flies when you are having fun. It is true. Thank you for being with me through thick and thin. I love you with all of my heart, mi Roma. I am very happy and can't wait to see what the next 100 have in store for us. I love you Becci. I pray that eventually when Rebecca thinks of her anniversary date, she thinks of the love they shared and not focus on the manner in which he passed.

Ted Nordheimer
Ted Nordheimer

I hope he didnt keep his course just to stay on the hard sand, saving the plane and themselves but killing others...

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

They should get charged with manslaughter. He would have been charged if it was a car.

Prakash Singh Gaharwar
Prakash Singh Gaharwar

Really sad Yesenia Singh Gaharwar but i think they have to make a small loop kind of signal which can navigate these planes location and action even it is a small .. Safety is the foremost.......................Pro

Naomi Preston
Naomi Preston

HOW MANY TIMES DID THE PHRASE 'SAFELY LANDED' get used by the author regarding the plane that killed one and critically injured another when it landed??

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

A good crash with horrible consequences. I used to fly that plane. I'm sure he had the engine off and the victims didn't even hear it coming.

tim.elfrink moderator editor

My fault, Naomi. I was trying to convey that the plane crash landed without seriously injuring anyone on board. I changed the wording to reflect that. 

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