Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies
Oceana Irizzary's father was also killed in Sunday accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 29, 2014 9:39 AM CDT
This Sunday, July 27, 2014, 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, Fla.   (AP Photo/Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – The 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials in Florida said today. Oceana Irizzary's father also was killed Sunday. The two, of Fort Stewart, Ga., were walking along Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems. Ommy Irizarry, an Army sergeant celebrating his ninth anniversary with wife Rebecca, died at the scene. His daughter was airlifted to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said this morning that they were notified by the medical examiner's office of the girl's death.

It was unclear how the plane or the debris hit the father and his daughter. Officials say the pilot radioed the airport that he was having trouble with the plane and was planning to land on the beach. "He's trying to make the airport," a woman calling 911 from the airport said. "He says he's not going to make the airport. But he's going to be on the beach." In other 911 calls, a family friend cried as she described the scene while screams and wailing could be heard in the background. The pilot was identified as Karl Kokomoor, 57, and the passenger was David Theen, 60, both of nearby Englewood. They were not injured. The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating.

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haggrr
Jul 29, 2014 12:18 PM CDT
Man, is it ever mind blowing to read how the liberals posters here are justifying this lame pilots actions. Making one excuse after the other as to why they feel he made every reasonable attempt to save himself and his passenger! And, it's very telling how these liberal pontificators, apparently, have zero regard for those on the ground who was forced to sacrifice their lives because this selfish ba$tard chose of save himself. Perhaps it's because the dead man was a soldier, hated second only to cops, by liberals, and his daughter was nothing more than collateral damage. What kind of person thinks only about themselves, the hell with the rest of society, they want theirs and they want it now. To bad if someone else has to pick up the pieces. These commenters inadvertently revealed just how selfish liberalism really is. It's about them and them only!
Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 29, 2014 11:13 AM CDT
Now is a good time to message Senator Jim Inhofe, an owner of more than 12 private aircraft, about passing a Homeland Security Private Aviation Indemnity Fund. This would provide for instances like this when private aviation kills innocent people on the ground. It would have kicked in with the Joseph Stack III incident where private aviation did $39M (act of crime) in unrecoverable damages to an office complex and the Core Lidel case where the damages exceeded the plane's liability coverage and caused the building to enter Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
bruno937
Jul 29, 2014 11:06 AM CDT
What's a couple of dead people? The important thing is the plane is saved and according to the picture didn't get wet.