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Man killed in plane crash on beach was stationed at Ga. base

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The man killed during a freak plane crash on a Florida Gulf Coast beach near Sarasota, where he and his wife were celebrating their anniversary, was stationed at a military base in Georgia.

Officials say 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry was an Army sergeant stationed at Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia. The family was scheduled to be stationed in Alaska.

Sometime Sunday morning, Irizarry posted a message on Facebook to mark his ninth wedding anniversary.

Hours later, he was killed when the 1972 Piper Cherokee crashed landed on Caspersen Beach, just south of the airport. The couple's daughter, 9-year-old Oceana, was critically injured.

Officials say Irizarry and his daughter were hit by the plane or its debris.

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