A nine-year-old girl who was hit by a crash-landing plane while walking along the beach with her father has died.
Oceana Irizarry succumbed to her injuries in a Florida hospital. Her father, 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry, died on Sunday after the pair were struck by a single-engine aircraft attempting an emergency landing along Caspersen Beach in Venice. Officials said it was not immediately clear whether the father – a sergeant in the US Army – and daughter were hit by the plane or its debris. Sgt Irizarry and his wife, Rebecca, were visiting Florida to celebrate the couple’s ninth wedding anniversary. Officials said the pilot of the 1972 Piper Cherokee radioed the Venice Airport that he was having trouble and was planning to land on the beach. An airport worker called 911, telling the dispatcher: “He says he’s not going to make the airport. But he’s going to be on the beach.” The pilot, 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor, and his passenger, 60-year-old David Theen, were unhurt. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.