Emergency Landing on Florida Beach Kills Beachgoer
July 28th, 2014
05:14 AM ET

Emergency Landing on Florida Beach Kills Beachgoer

A Georgia man was killed and his daughter critically injured Sunday when an airplane struck them as they walked along a Florida beach.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said Venice Municipal Airport officials reported a plane in distress Sunday afternoon.

The pilot of a 1972 Piper Cherokee radioed that he would be unable to make it back to the airport and that he was instead going to attempt a landing on Caspersen Beach, located just to the south.

The plane landed and struck Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana, 9, about 2:45 p.m., according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Irizarry died on the scene. His daughter was airlifted to All Children's Hospital and is believed to be in critical condition, according to the sheriff's office.

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July 25th, 2014
09:15 AM ET

How to Fly "S.A.F.E." with CNN Safety Analyst David Soucie

For CNN safety analyst and former FAA safety inspector David Soucie, wariness of air travel seldom happens for him within the United States.

As a safety and accident investigator, Soucie developed confidence in the U.S.' flight rules and regulations.

"We have a very good system for maintaining those standards," Soucie said on "New Day" Friday.

However, Soucie explained that fastidiousness should come into play for international air travel.

It's harder to discern whether or not foreign countries uphold the same guidelines for air safety, Soucie said, as political climates and bureaucracies are capable of shifting rapidly.

Soucie developed a quick checklist, broken down into the acronym of "S.A.F.E.," in order to attain a sense of control as a passenger.

He shared his guidelines with us below:

David Soucie Says Fly S.A.F.E.

  • S = SEARCH
  • Search the web using Google, social media, etc., in order to learn about your destination country.
  • Get familiar with the flight route - websites like Flight Aware and Flight Radar 24 are excellent resources - and learn what else you'll be flying over.
  • Now that you're well informed about my destination country, the flight route, and the airline taking you there, do a "gut check."
    • If there is little or no concern, Soucie advises going "no matter what." If there are, in fact, concerns, Soucie recommends evaluating the necessity of taking the flight at that particular time.


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