Small plane crash on Fla. beach; 2 on ground hit

This Sunday, July 27, 2014, photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office shows emergency personnel at the scene of a small plane crash in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla. Authorities say a father was killed and his daughter seriously injured while walking on the sand when a small plane crash landed along Florida's Gulf Coast near Venice Beach. (AP Photo/Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)
This Sunday, July 27, 2014, photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office shows emergency personnel at the scene of a small plane crash in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla. Authorities say a father was killed and his daughter seriously injured while walking on the sand when a small plane crash landed along Florida's Gulf Coast near Venice Beach. (AP Photo/Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — A Georgia man is dead and his 9-year-old daughter is in the hospital with critical injuries after they were hit by a small plane that made an emergency landing on a Florida Gulf Coast beach.

The Piper Cherokee crash-landed Sunday afternoon, losing a wheel, damaging a wind and smashing a propeller.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry and his daughter Oceana.

Officials told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune the victims were either hit by the plane or its debris.

Irizarry died at the scene. His daughter was airlifted to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Officials say the plane was trying to land on Caspersen Beach after making a distress call to Venice Airport at 2:45 p.m. The beach is south of the airport.

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This Sunday, July 27, 2014, photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office shows emergency personnel at the scene of a small plane crash in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla. Authorities say a father was killed and his daughter seriously injured while walking on the sand when a small plane crash landed along Florida's Gulf Coast near Venice Beach. (AP Photo/Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)
This Sunday, July 27, 2014, photo provided by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office shows emergency personnel at the scene of a small plane crash in Caspersen Beach in Venice, Fla. Authorities say a father was killed and his daughter seriously injured while walking on the sand when a small plane crash landed along Florida’s Gulf Coast near Venice Beach. (AP Photo/Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office)
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