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9-year-old girl hurt in Florida plane crash dies

The 9-year-old girl hurt in the Venice beach plane crash died Monday night, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Oceana Irizarry was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon when she and her father were walking together on the beach. She was transported to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, where she died from her injuries at 9:30 p.m. Monday, according to the medical examiner's office that covers Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

Her father, Ommy Irizarry, was killed immediately after the crash. It was Ommy's ninth wedding anniversary with his wife Rebecca.

About 2:45 p.m. Sunday, the Venice Municipal Airport contacted the sheriff's office about a small 1972 Piper Cherokee plane in distress that could not make it back to the airport. The pilot, 57-year-old engineer Karl Kokomoor of Englewood, was trying to land on the beach. Kokomoor and his passenger, David Theen, 60, were unhurt in the crash.

Rebecca Irizarry suffered medical issues unrelated to the crash, but was treated and released from Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash.

Venice Municipal Airport Manager Chris Rozansky told the Herald Monday that his understanding was the plane was trying to fly to the airport but the pilot was unable to make it.

"There is no control tower at the Venice Airport but what pilots do is communicate over a common radio frequency -- they communicate their intentions with each other," he said. "So when the aircraft made their distress call, someone here at the airport heard it and called 911."

Shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday, Ommy Irizarry posted a status on Facebook about his marriage of nine years to Rebecca Irizarry.

"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 is true. Thank you for being with me through thick and thin. I love you with all my heart, mi Roma. I am very happy and can't wait to see what the next 100 have in store for us. I love you, Becci."

Irizarry's final Facebook status was followed by comments by family and friends. After news broke of his death, comments turned into deep condolences in English and Spanish.

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