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Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter Oceana, 9, were killed after walking along Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla., on Sunday, July 27, 2014, and struck by a plane making an emergency landing.

VENICE, Fla. — The 9-year-old girl critically injured when an airplane struck her on a Florida beach last weekend has died, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

The girl, Oceana Irizarry, and her father, Ommy Irizarry, 36, of Georgia were both struck on Sunday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The father died at the scene and the girl was rushed to a hospital.

Venice Municipal Airport officials reported a plane in distress Sunday afternoon, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said.

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, just to the south.


  • Anon

    Not like it was a 737 going 200 mph…. Look at how shallow that water is! Guy could have easily put it down 30 feet into the ocean and then swam/walked to shore instead. Was just being selfish trying to save his plane.

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