SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- New information has been released on a fatal plane crash that killed a U.S. Army soldier and his daughter on a Venice beach two weeks ago.
According to a report issued by the NTSB, pilot Karl Kokomoor told FAA investigators that his pre-flight checks showed a 300-rpm drop in one of the plane's power systems.
But subsequent checks by investigators revealed both power systems were running within normal limits. No other mechanical issues have been found with the plane.
The pilot says after 10 or 15 minutes of flying, the engine started running rough and the plane lost power.
Kokomoor told investigators he was worried about the plane flipping over if he landed on the water, and tried to find a spot near the beach, where there were no people. He didn't realize he had hit a man and his daughter until he got out.
Other accounts in the report indicate that victims Ommy Irizarry and his daughter Oceana were not walking on the beach but were actually in the water with his son, who was coming out and ducked to avoid the plane. "The airplane came to a stop about 200 feet beyond the victims, who were in about 4 feet of water and very close to each other."
The report is preliminary, and the investigation is on-going.