Inside the Frantic Moments After Florida Beach Plane Crash

Father and daughter were walking on the beach when a plane crashed.

July 28, 2014, 12:57 PM

— -- The frantic moments after a single engine plane crashed on a Florida beach were captured on scanner traffic as first responders raced to the scene.

Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana Irizarry, 9, were walking along the beach in Sarasota County, Fla., when a small plane made an emergency crash landing along the shore around 2:45 pm ET Sunday, killing the man on impact, Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said.

The condition of Oceana Irizarry has not been released, however scanner traffic captured by Broadcastify indicated that the girl was "very critical" when first responders reached her on the beach.

Florida Father Killed, Daughter Critically Injured in Beach Plane Crash

"We've got Caspersen Beach, airplane crash, multiple subjects around the plane. Advising head injuries," scanner traffic said a few minutes after the crash. “They are advising open head injury.”

A trauma alert was called in approximately 20 minutes later when authorities reached the site of the crash and found the child with a head injury.

PHOTO: Emergency personnel look at the scene of a small plane crash in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla., July 27, 2014.
Emergency personnel look at the scene of a small plane crash in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla., July 27, 2014.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office/AP Photo

“This is going to be a trauma alert," a man's voice says around 3:03 pm.

Someone else asks dispatch if a flight is on standby to take the child to the hospital.

“Confirmed, flight on standby," the dispatcher replies. "Command, Is this for the adult or for the child?”

"This is going to be for the child," a responder replies.

Neither the pilot, identified as Karl Kokomoor, 57, of Englewood, Fla., nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, also of Englewood, were injured in the landing, Rose said. From the moment the pilot radioed a distress call to the time he landed on the beach unfolded quickly.

"The pilot radioed that he was not going to be able to make it back to the airport, and he was going to try to land on the hard-packed sand of the beach," Rose said. "He landed about the water's edge and the pilot and his male passenger were both unharmed."

Venice Mayor John Holic, a former air traffic controller, said it is likely the plane lost power in flight and was trying to land in an open space or at nearby Venice Airport.

"One of the first things that you learn when you're flying is to always be aware of your surroundings and where you may be able to touch down in the event of loss of power. A beach is a viable place," he told ABC News.

A woman who witnessed the crash was also taken to a hospital after having stress-induced cardiac issues not directly related to the crash, according to Rose.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on their way to the scene of the accident to begin investigating, in cooperation with the FAA.

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