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Florida 9 Year Old Beachgoer Dies From Plane Cash

July 30, 2014 - On Sunday a Piper PA-28-181 Archer II aircraft, N8826C piloted by Karl Kokomoor, 57, a private pilot had contacted air traffic control at Venice Municipal Airport (KVNC), in Venice, Florida in which he stated he and his passenger David Theen, 60, were experiencing engine problems and would not be able to make the airport. 

Kokomoor decided to make an emergency landing after an engine shutdown on Caspersen Beach. As the Archer came in for touchdown, about 2:45 PM, the plane struck and killed Ommy Irizarry, 36 and seriously injured his 9 year old daughter, Oceana Irizarry. 

9 year old Oceana Irizarry was taken to the hospital in serious condition. It was reported that the father and daughter were walking along the beach collecting seashells. The pilot and his passenger were able to walk away from the plane uninjured. They were on a short sightseeing trip when the plane lost power. 

It was further reported that other family members were at the beach at the time, luckily they were unharmed. On Tuesday Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, reported 9 year old Oceana Irizarry had died from her injuries.

On Tuesday, Kokomoor released a statement through his pastor which read "Words cannot express the sorrow I feel over the loss of Ommy Irizarry this father, and soldier and his beautiful daughter Oceana. I send my heartfelt apologies to the Irizarry family for my role in this tragic accident.  
"I along with David tried to fix the situation and restart the engine, but my efforts in the cockpit did not work. It was only after I landed the plan did I realize that there were people on the beach. I never saw them. I am deeply, deeply sorry."


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