Investigation continues into fatal beach plane crash

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Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 12:38 pm

VENICE, Fla. -- The NTSB arrive Monday at the scene of Sunday's tragic plane crash that killed an Army Sergeant.

Monday afternoon, a team from the National Transportation Safety Board took possession of the plane.  Federal investigators will now begin the delicate work of dismantling the aircraft in an attempt to determine what went wrong.

9-year-old Oceana Irizarry remains in critical condition at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.  She and her father Ommy were injured while walking on Caspersen Beach when a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the beach.  Ommy later died from his injuries.

The U.S. Army confirmed Monday that Irizarry was an active duty Sergeant First Class, stationed at Ft. Stewart in Georgia.

"We are deeply saddened by the news and remain in contact with the family. A casualty assistance officer is on his way to Florida to assist the family. This is a heart-wrenching situation," said 3rd Infantry Division and Stewart-Hunter commander Maj. Gen. Mike Murray in a released statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Irizarry family."

UPDATE: Oceana Irizarry has passed away from her injuries

911 calls reporting the crash were released Monday as well.  They include a call from a friend that was with the family at the beach.


911 calls: Plane crash on Caspersen Beach 7-27-14

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