Second person dies after small plane crash on Fla. beach


The scene of the plane crash. (Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A small plane making an emergency landing on a Florida beach on Sunday afternoon killed two people, one of them a 9-year-old girl, authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

A Piper Cherokee was in distress and unable to make it it to Venice Airport, so it attempted to land on Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla., according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Ommy Irizarry, an Army sergeant, was walking on the beach when the plane crashed. Orizarry, 36, was killed, while his daughter Oceana Irizzary, 9, was critically injured. She was airlifted to a hospital in St. Petersburg, about 60 miles north of the beach.

On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office confirmed that Oceana died from her injuries.

The pilot of the plane, Karl Kokomoor, and the passenger, David Theen, were not injured, police said. The pilot said in an apology read by his family minister that he did not realize there were people on the beach and did not see them.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, while the sheriff’s office is investigating the deaths.

This is actually the latest casualty incident involving a small plane crash-landing to occur in recent weeks. A small plane making an emergency landing on a Nevada highway hit a truck over the weekend, injuring the people on the plane and in the truck. Last week, a pilot was killed when his plane crashed in the water in southern Miami-Dade, Fla.

On Tuesday, less than two days after the fatal crash on the west coast of Florida, another small plane landed on the sand in Miami Beach, but no one was injured.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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