VENICE, Florida (WFLA) – An emergency landing by a small plane on Caspersen Beach in Venice claimed the life of a man walking with his young daughter Sunday, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities identified the victims as 36-year old Ommy Irizarry and his 9-year old daughter Oceana.
About 2:45 pm, Venice Airport contacted the sheriff’s office regarding a small plane in distress that was unable to make it back to the airport, Sarasota County sheriff’s spokeswoman Wendy Rose said in a news release. Instead the pilot was going to try to land on the beach.
The 1972 Piper Cherokee airplane hit Irizarry and his daughter as the aircraft made a crash landing on the beach.
Irizarry, who was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center, was pronounced dead. His daughter, Oceana, was flown to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and was last believed to be in critical condition.
The pilot of the 1976 Piper Cherokee, 57-year old Karl Kokomoor of Englewood and his passenger, 60-year old David Theen, were rescued uninjured.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration website, the plane is a 1976 model Piper PA-28-181. The registered owner is Jonathan Cole of Englewood.
No information was available Sunday to determine Cole’s association to Kokomoor or Theen.
The investigation is being handled by the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA.