Plane makes emergency landing on Miami Beach

Pilot reports mechanical failure

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A pilot landed a single-engine plane on the sands of Miami Beach Tuesday.

Miami Beach police said the pilot was forced to make the emergency landing about 12:20 p.m. due to mechanical failure. And it happened right before a storm.

"It's not every day you see a plane land on the beach,"" Meagan Brennan said on Twitter.

Once the plane landed safely near 57th Street and Collins Avenue, three passengers and the pilot descended.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue said no one was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating a similar case in Florida.

A girl died at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg Tuesday, after a plane crash landed Sunday in Venice. She and her dad were walking on Caspersen Beach.

Karl Kokomoor, 57, landed his 1972 Piper Cherokee after a distress call to Venice Airport. He and passenger David Theen, 60, were not injured.

Nine-year-old Ocana Irizarry who is now dead was critically injured and her dad, Ommy Irizarry, 36, died at the scene.

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