Aerial Video: Our sincerest thanks to Wendy Rose and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Update: Pilot Karl Kokomoor apologized for what happened in a statement Tuesday afternoon. With Kokomoor’s family beside him, Pastor Victor Willis of Englewood United Methodist Church read Kokomoor’s statement to reporters. Kokomoor was not present. “Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for Ommy Irizarry, father and soldier, and his beautiful daughter, Oceana. I send my heartfelt apology to the Irizarry family for my role in this tragic accident and I will keep Rebecca Irizarry and her family in my prayers for as long as I live,” Kokomoor wrote. To view the entire statement, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv5gXgXEtow
The small plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida has claimed its youngest victim. Nine-year-old Oceana Irizzary, passed away, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. The child was critically injured and her father, 26-year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry was killed on Sunday afternoon. Both were walking on the beach when the plane crash happened.
Around 2:45 p.m. on July 27th, the Venice Airport contacted Sheriff’s Office communications about a small plane in distress. The pilot was trying to land on the beach. The pilot and passenger aboard the Piper Cherokee were not hurt. They are pilot Karl Kokomoor, 57 and passenger David Theen, 60, both of Englewood, Florida.
Oceana was critically hurt and flown to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where she later died.
On that Sunday morning, Sgt. Irizarry wrote his last message on his Facebook page. The post was a loving tribute to his wife, Rebecca. Sgt. Irizarry was on break from Fort Stewart, Georgia. “Today, 9 years ago I tied my life to my beautiful wife, Rebecca Irizarry. Wow, how fast time has passed! They say time flies when you are having fun. It’s true. Thank you for being with me through thick and thin. I love you with all my heart, mi roma.” Sgt. Irizarry wrote.
The Federal Aviation Administration, NTSB and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the plane crash. The plane was moved off the beach to another location.