Man posts touching message to wife hours before struck, killed by crashing plane

A Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter Oceana, 9, died following after being hit by a plane attempting to land on Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida. Photo credit: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

A Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter Oceana, 9, died following after being hit by a plane attempting to land on Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida. Photo credit: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

A Georgia man and his young daughter were killed Sunday when an airplane struck them as they walked along a Florida beach.

Sarasota County 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, just to the south.

The plane landed and hit Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana, 9, about 2:45 p.m., according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Irizarry died on the scene. His daughter was airlifted to All Children’s Hospital and is believed to be in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s office. On Tuesday, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said the girl had died.

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

“The dad looked very bad,” witness Zack Arceneaux told CNN affiliate Bay News 9. “They were performing CPR on him. He had blood on his face. It looked like he wasn’t breathing at all.”

“It’s the last thing you’d expect,” Arceneaux said to CNN affiliate WTSP. “I didn’t hear anything. Actually I thought the motor must’ve went out. I didn’t hear anything. Figured, maybe it ran out of fuel and just hit them and they weren’t ready.”

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

The investigation is continuing, the sheriff’s office said.

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Irizarry also posted the following message that appeared to have been written in the sand by a child:

 

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7 comments

  • Kate

    The pilot stated that his objective was to make emergency landing on the beach. He later stated that he was not able to see anyone on beach. Reports say the lack of visual can happen with regard to plane specifics and situation. So on a Sunday, on a popular public beach a pilot decides that any unforeseen beach goers are at the mercy of his ‘save himself’ above all else actions. Does that mean if a car loses it’s brakes, that the driver can leave road and plow down innocent bystanders on a sidewalk because he believes he can come to a stop quicker without injuring himself?? The pilot needs to be held accountable for his Sunday afternoon hobby. God additionally help all if it’s later found that his 44 year old aircraft was not maintained properly. This appears to be less of an accident than a pilot that opted to save himself as the only priority.

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