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


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.


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