Man on Beach Killed During Cherokee Emergency Landing

Daughter walking along the water also critically injured in accident.

Piper Cherokee Caspersen Beach

Piper Cherokee Caspersen Beach

** The pilot and passenger were uninjured. (Photo: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)**

A man and his daughter were killed when they were struck by a 1972 Piper Cherokee making an emergency landing on Caspersen Beach in Englewood, Florida.

Witnesses say the Cherokee landed just feet from the water’s edge, with the wing potentially extending over the water, as the 36-year-old father and his 9-year-old daughter were walking along the beach Sunday afternoon. The 57-year-old pilot and his 60-year-old passenger were not injured during the landing.

The pilot reportedly issued a mayday call to ATC around 2:45 in which he said he would not be able to make it back to Venice Airport and was going to attempt an emergency landing on the beach.

The father and daughter who were killed were vacationing in Florida with the rest of their family of five when the accident occurred. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

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