TAMPA, FL (WFTS/WWSB/WFLA/CNN) - A family beach outing takes a tragic turn in Florida.
A mother is distraught after her husband and 9-year-old daughter were hit by a small plane making an emergency landing at the edge of the water while walking along a beach in Venice, FL.
"She had what seemed to be friends, even if they didn't know her, they were there comforting her," Zack Arceneau said, who witnessed the plane crash.
The pilot of the plane was forced to make an emergency landing after sending a distress signal to authorities.
"The dad looked very bad condition, they were performing CPR on him - he had blood on his face," Arceneau said. "Definitely not something you expect just going on the beach, having some fun with your family. It's just terrible to have something happen like that."
The man struck on the beach- identified by authorities as 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry, who was killed at the scene.
His 9-year-old daughter Oceana was airlifted to a local children's hospital and said to be in critical condition.
Both the pilot and a passenger in the plane were uninjured in the crash.
Video from the scene shows the 1972 Piper Cherokee on the sand just feet away from the ocean and its nose pointed down, its front landing gear destroyed.
According to local reports, preliminary evidence suggests that the plane may have lost power, but authorities are still looking into what caused the fatal crash.
"We don't know exactly what caused the crash but the NTSB is en route to Venice and will investigate fully," said Wendy Rose, of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
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