SARASOTA, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) —A plane that crash-landed on a beach off the western coast of Florida has claimed a second life.
Nine year old Ocrana Irizzary was struck by the plane as it attempted to land near Venice Beach off Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday.READ MORE: Situation At Matheson Hammock Park In Miami-Dade Heats Up
She was transported to a local children’s hospital where she remained in critical condition until succumbing to her injuries, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.
Irizzary’s father was killed on Sunday as a result of the crash landing. The two, of Fort Stewart, Georgia, 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 Sunday. His daughter was airlifted to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday 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.”READ MORE: FEMA-Funded South Florida Sites To Administer First Doses Of Pfizer Vaccines
In other 911 calls, a family friend cried as she described the scene while screams and wailing could be heard in the background. Another man told a dispatcher about the little girl’s condition.
“She’s breathing a little right now,” a man said. “Rapid pulse and difficult breathing. She’s unconscious.”
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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