Plane Kills Man on Florida Beach
His daughter was critically hurt by light aircraft
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2014 2:39 AM CDT
This photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office shows emergency personnel at the scene of a small plane crash in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida.   (AP Photo/Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A man walking along a beach in Florida with his young daughter yesterday afternoon was killed by a crash-landing light plane. Police say 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry from Georgia was killed and his 9-year-old daughter, Oceana, was critically injured when the 1972 Piper Cherokee touched down at the edge of the water on Venice's Caspersen Beach, the Tampa Tribune reports. It's not clear whether Irizarry was hit by the plane or by debris, police say. A woman who witnessed the crash was hospitalized with chest pains, ABC reports.

The light plane's 57-year-old pilot and his passenger were not injured in the crash, says a police spokeswoman. Before the crash, the Venice airport was "contacted by a pilot whose small plane was in distress," she says. "He knew he couldn’t make it back to the airport and was going to try to land on the beach. And he did land at the edge of the water on the beach." A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman tells the AP that the plane apparently lost power and the FAA is investigating the crash.

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Jul 30, 2014 7:12 AM CDT
In order to avoid potential injury and destroying his plane this pilot landed on a beach, his act was reckless and it resulted in serious injury to one and death to another. Hopefully he is held accountable for negligence and is sued into oblivion for his actions. Miles and miles or water were available but yet he selected the beach. He may have feared for his own and his passengers life with a water landing but that doesn't excuse his actions.
Jul 28, 2014 11:22 AM CDT
What I do not understand is how this man on the beach did not hear or see this plane coming in. I mean it did not just drop out of the air on top of him, judging by the photo, the plane landed in fairly good condition. maybe he was talking on his phone or texting?
Jul 28, 2014 8:30 AM CDT
I have made only one emergency landing when I started losing an engine over water. Fortunately, I was barely able to make it to an airport on the edge of the water about eight miles away. But had the airport not been there, I would like to think I would have chanced a full water landing before hitting someone on shore.