Dad Killed by Falling Plane While on Beach With 9-Year-Old Daughter


It is the very definition of a freak accident. A father was killed and his 9-year-old daughter was critically injured after a plane crash-landed on them as they walked on a Florida beach.


Police say that around 3 p.m. on Sunday, the pilot of the small aircraft radioed that his 1972 Piper Cherokee wasn't going to make it back to the airport and that he was going to attempt to land on Caspersen Beach.

He did manage to bring the plane down on the water's edge, but in the exact spot where Ommy Irizarry and his daughter Oceana were strolling. The pilot and passenger escaped unharmed, but the dad, a military vet, was killed and his daughter seriously hurt.

Such a bizarre and frightening tragedy. You can't help but feel devastated for the Irizarry family. Not long before the accident, Ommy had posted on Facebook that it was his ninth wedding anniversary. "Thank you for being with me through thick and thin. I love you with all my heart, mi Roma," he wrote to his wife.

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So heartbreaking. To think that this man survived deployment and to die this way. It just goes to show that you never know what can or will happen. The NTSB is investigating the cause of the plane crash.

What do you think will happen to the pilot?

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