VENICE (FOX 13) -
One man is dead and his daughter critically-injured after a small plane lands on a beach in Venice.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, it happened around 2:45 p.m. Sunday off Caspersen Beach. The victim and his family were reportedly walking on the beach when the plane came in on the sand, injuring them.
Deputies identified the father as 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry. His daughter, 9-year-old Oceana Irizarry, is in critical condition.
"They were performing CPR. He had blood all over his face, and it looked like he wasn't breathing at all," said Zack Arceneaux, who arrived at the beach just moments after the crash. "A wheel had been knocked off, the propeller was bent pretty badly, and there were some dents on the wings."
The pilot of the 1972 Piper Cherokee had called in to the Venice Airport before the landing to say he would not make it to the airport, according to the sheriff's office. Witness photos show the plane landed on the sand, with its nose slightly down, just on the water's edge. The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the crash, but an FAA spokesperson says the plane reportedly lost power.
The pilot, 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor, of Englewood, and his passenger were uninjured. Oceana Irizarry is in critical condition at All Children's Hospital.
"It's sad that somebody died today, unfortunately, but you just never know when these things are going to happen," said Paul Berriff, another witness who came upon the crash minutes after it happened.
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