MIAMI BEACH, Florida (CBSMiami) – Not your typical sight on a stretch of Miami Beach. Sure, everyone expects sand, surf, seagulls and girls in bikinis. On Tuesday afternoon, however, beach goers at 57th and Collins Avenue got something different: a plane.
The pilot of a Cessna was forced to make an emergency landing on the packed sand of the beach. No injuries were reported.
It was a very different scenario from last weekend when a father and his young daughter died after the pilot of a small plane brought it down on Sarasota's Caspersen Beach.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday that 9-year old Oceana Irizarry died from from injuries she suffered after being hit by the plane.
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Irizarry and her father were walking on the beach Sunday afternoon when they were struck by a 1972 Piper Cherokee plane which made the beach landing after the pilot reported problems. Irizarry's father, Ommy Irizarry, died Sunday.
Irizarry, an Army sergeant from Georgia, his wife Rebecca and daughter were visiting the Florida Gulf coast as a celebration of the couple's ninth wedding anniversary.