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Investigation continues in plane crash that killed Fort Stewart soldier, daughter

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The investigation is ongoing in the plane crash that killed Sgt. 1st Class Ommy Irizarry and his 9-year-old daughter Oceana.

Ommy Irizarry died at the scene and Oceana Irizarry passed away on Monday. The family was in Florida celebrating Ommy Irizarry and his wife's wedding anniversary.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said they are looking at the possibility of criminal charges against the pilot, Karl Kokomoor.

"I extend to the Irizarry my deepest condolences," Victor Willis, Kokomoor's pastor, read from a statement. "May God grant them strength and his healing."

That is a portion of a statement prepared by Kokomoor and read by Willis on Tuesday afternoon.

Kokomoor was flying a 1972 Piper Cherokee on Sunday afternoon into Venice, FL when it crashed into Irizarry and his daughter. The two were walking on the beach at the time.

According to the FAA, Kokomoor reported mechanical failure and had to make an emergency landing.

A portion of the 911 call said, "We have an aircraft declaring an emergency. He's going to land on the beach at Venice, close to the airport. I'm not sure exactly where he is."

The FAA said it's possible Kokomoor had little to no control over the plan at that point, and he likely didn't see anyone on the beach until the very last second.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate, and they said they are looking into the possibility of charges being filed against Kokomoor, but at this moment, they could not specify on what kind of charges.

"I will continue to fully cooperate with the FAA and the NTSB with their investigation," Kokomoor said in his statement.

This is such an unusual and tragic story, a plane crashing into someone on the beach, but amazingly this happened to another man walking along the beach four years ago on Hilton Head Island.

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