9-year-old Georgia girl hit by plane while walking on beach has died

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SARASOTA, Fla. — A 9-year-old Georgia girl seriously injured when she was struck by an airplane on Sunday as she walked with her father along a Florida beach has died, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said Venice Municipal Airport officials reported a plane in distress Sunday afternoon. The pilot of a 1972 Piper Cherokee radioed that he would be unable to make it back to the airport and that he was instead going to attempt a landing on Caspersen Beach.

The plane landed and hit 36-year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry, and his daughter, Oceana, 9, around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ommy Irizarry died on the scene. Oceana was airlifted to All Children’s Hospital.

She died on Tuesday, WTSP is reporting.

According to BuzzFeed, Irizarry posted this Facebook status about how much he loves his wife before he died:

The pilot, Karl Kokomoor and his passenger, David Theen, were uninjured. Both are from Englewood, Florida.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating.

32 comments

    • You're kidding, right?

      You’re an idiot. Ever pilot an aircraft? Things happen fast during an emergency in a plane. You don’t get a lot of time to make a choice, and sometimes those choices are limited by the circumstances, but normally once you’ve made a choice in that situation, you’re stuck with it. Pilot probably didn’t see these two when he decided to try to land on the beach, by the time he did there probably wasn’t anything he could do. It’s ALWAYS easy to Monday morning quarterback, especially when it’s someone like you that hasn’t clue one what you’re talking about. It’s easy to say he should have made a water landing, especially when you have no idea if a water landing was even an option given his current heading when the emergency started, even better, what if there were people swimming in the water and he hit them and caused them to drown and die? Do you know if there were people in the water? Neither do I. I do however suggest you sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice cup of shut the f%^& up.

  • 6%

    So sad…hopefully the pilot will be charged with murder since he could have easily landed in the water and saved everybody, but instead tried to make a soft landing and save himself instead!

    • The One

      The pilots life and his plane was all he was trying to save. Yes he should have ditched his plane in the water before hitting people but he also may have not seen the people.

    • Paul

      Paul

      I’m a pilot. Every pilot learns and is trained in emergency landings. You don’t risk life and limb to the public. If it’s them or you, of course it’s you. You’re the one in control of a flying machine that obviously travels much faster than most forms of machinery, including cars. There is no excuse for this. And respectfully, if a pilot is going to land a plane someplace then they need to know what or who is there. That kind of logic is just not good enough. Everyplace I’ve landed an aircraft or practiced an emergency landing I’ve been able to clearly see what’s ahead of me. And if you can’t you have no right to land there. The aircraft should of been ditched into the ocean, which it’s sitting beside. Yes, the aircraft would of been lost, perhaps the pilot too, but chances are he would of survived. This was poor decision making no question about it. Two innocent people are dead for no reason. Except perhaps to save the cost of repair to the aircraft and pilot.

  • Kaffie

    Unfortunately some kind of charges should be brought for hitting and killing 2 unsuspecting people. He should have noticed where he was headed and aimed for a deserted area.

    • Rehtaeh

      isnt it enough that he is going to have to live the rest of his life knowing he was flying the plane that killed a little girl and her daddy??!! its not like he was aiming for them. he probably didnt even see them until it was to late. he may not have had another choice.

  • Mom to All

    Prayers for the mom/wife and family and friends, such a tragedy, hug the ones you love tight. God bless this family with comfort and care.

  • Maria

    When your plane is in destress, there isn’t much you can do. Besides, by the time he seen them it was probably too late. I don’t think charges should be filled, he is going to livewwith this the rest of his life

    • 6%

      How do you not see people and a beach where you are trying to land? But yet a body full of water to splash into and save everyone….truth be told, the pilot tried saving himself and held no regard for human life on a beach. Murder charges should definitely follow this man as well as knowing he killed two innocent people and one of those being a child.

      • You're kidding, right?

        You’re an idiot. Ever pilot an aircraft? Things happen fast during an emergency in a plane. You don’t get a lot of time to make a choice, and sometimes those choices are limited by the circumstances, but normally once you’ve made a choice in that situation, you’re stuck with it. Pilot probably didn’t see these two when he decided to try to land on the beach, by the time he did there probably wasn’t anything he could do. It’s ALWAYS easy to Monday morning quarterback, especially when it’s someone like you that hasn’t clue one what you’re talking about. It’s easy to say he should have made a water landing, especially when you have no idea if a water landing was even an option given his current heading when the emergency started, even better, what if there were people swimming in the water and he hit them and caused them to drown and die? Do you know if there were people in the water? Neither do I. I do however suggest you sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice cup of shut the f%^& up.

      • Paul

        Paul

        I’m a pilot. Every pilot learns and is trained in emergency landings. You don’t risk life and limb to the public. If it’s them or you, of course it’s you. You’re the one in control of a flying machine that obviously travels much faster than most forms of machinery, including cars. There is no excuse for this. And respectfully, if a pilot is going to land a plane someplace then they need to know what or who is there. That kind of logic is just not good enough. Everyplace I’ve landed an aircraft or practiced an emergency landing I’ve been able to clearly see what’s ahead of me. And if you can’t you have no right to land there. The aircraft should of been ditched into the ocean, which it’s sitting beside. Yes, the aircraft would of been lost, perhaps the pilot too, but chances are he would of survived. This was poor decision making no question about it. Two innocent people are dead for no reason. Except perhaps to save the cost of repair to the aircraft and pilot.

  • Paul

    I’m a pilot. Every pilot learns and is trained in emergency landings. You don’t risk life and limb to the public. If it’s them or you, of course it’s you. You’re the one in control of a flying machine that obviously travels much faster than most forms of machinery, including cars. There is no excuse for this. And respectfully, if a pilot is going to land a plane someplace then they need to know what or who is there. That kind of logic is just not good enough. Everyplace I’ve landed an aircraft or practiced an emergency landing I’ve been able to clearly see what’s ahead of me. And if you can’t you have no right to land there. The aircraft should of been ditched into the ocean, which it’s sitting beside. Yes, the aircraft would of been lost, perhaps the pilot too, but chances are he would of survived. This was poor decision making no question about it. Two innocent people are dead for no reason. Except perhaps to save the cost of repair to the aircraft and pilot.

  • puff

    This is a horrible accident that will be investigated. I feel for ALL families involved, because now there are a number of armchair pilots who are claiming some sort of negligence with absolutely no knowledge whatsoever of flying. By all rights, why not imply he “intentionally” tried to run these people down, because it isn’t much more absurd to suggest it.

    It’s even sadder to see the (few) pilots who are criticizing the man with no knowledge of the situation. Ditching into the ocean? For crying out loud, this isn’t a movie, and who is to say there were not MORE people in the water?

    • Paul

      Yes Puff,
      Because the ocean is just teaming with people? You know the one sitting less than a foot away from the airplane. And how exactly is a qualified pilot an armchair pilot? Your statement makes no sense. To say that a qualified pilot has no right to make a statement about poor aeronautical decision making is laughable.
      And yes if you knew anything about the statistics of ditching a light aircraft you would find that the majority of them are highly survivable. I’ll say it again for you though, all pilots are trained in engine out emergency procedures. If he had time to make a radio call which is one of the last things you do in an engine out procedure, you fly the plane first, then he had time to look where he was going to land.
      And just so you know I’ve ferried piston twins and singles across the Atlantic, so I’m pretty sure I’m not just an armchair pilot!

  • chopfooey

    How is this any different from an automobile crash? I am liable for any damage or loss of life whether accidental or not. I’d like to think the pilot would do it differently if he wasn’t so concerned with saving his own skin. Most pilot’s I know would never endanger others and would put down in the ocean instead. It’s a terrible tragedy but just because a plane is involved doesn’t make the operator any less culpable.

  • Paul

    Paul

    I’m a pilot. Every pilot learns and is trained in emergency landings. You don’t risk life and limb to the public. If it’s them or you, of course it’s you. You’re the one in control of a flying machine that obviously travels much faster than most forms of machinery, including cars. There is no excuse for this. And respectfully, if a pilot is going to land a plane someplace then they need to know what or who is there. That kind of logic is just not good enough. Everyplace I’ve landed an aircraft or practiced an emergency landing I’ve been able to clearly see what’s ahead of me. And if you can’t you have no right to land there. The aircraft should of been ditched into the ocean, which it’s sitting beside. Yes, the aircraft would of been lost, perhaps the pilot too, but chances are he would of survived. This was poor decision making no question about it. Two innocent people are dead for no reason. Except perhaps to save the cost of repair to the aircraft and pilot.

  • Remy

    Murder? Really people? Because he woke up and thought to himself, I wonder if I can crash land into some people today. This was a tragic accident. Perhaps due to negligence , perhaps not. Prayers to the family that suffered this loss.

  • Sara Agee Goodpaster

    ok lets look at the other side. could the father not hear the plane coming down? could other people not see it and alerted father and daughter? there is a whole lot going on here with no answers.

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