VENICE, FL, July 29, 2014 — The 9 year old Georgia girl who was struck by a small airplane on a beach in Florida has died of her injuries.
Oceana Irizzary was walking along a beach in Venice Florida with her father when a 1972 Piper Cherokee aircraft was forced into an emergency landing.
The pilot made an emergency call reporting that the plane was having problems and they would not be able to make the airport which is located about 25 miles north of Caspersen Beach. The pilot, identified as Karl Kokomoor, reported that he was going to make an emergency landing on the sand.
Ommy Irizarry, an Army sergeant was vacationing with his family and celebrating his ninth yeay anniversary with his wife, was also struck and died at the scene of the accident on Sunday. His daughter was airlifted from the scene to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg 60 miles away.
It remains unclear if the father and daughter were struck by the actual plane or if they were hit by debris after the landing.
ABC news has released the scanner reports in the moment’s right after the landing.
“We’ve got Caspersen Beach, airplane crash, multiple subjects around the plane. Advising head injuries,” scanner traffic said a few minutes after the crash. “They are advising open head injury.”
“This is going to be a trauma alert,” a man’s voice says around 3:03 pm.
“Confirmed, flight on standby,” the dispatcher replies. “Command, Is this for the adult or for the child?
“This is going to be for the child,” a responder replies.
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 is investigating.
This was not the first time a beach goer was struck and killed by an airplane, in 2010 in South Carolina a 38-year-old father of two was jogging and listening to his iPod when he was hit from behind and killed by a small plane making an emergency landing on the beach.Click here for reuse options!
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