Miami: A small plane crash-landed on a beach in the US state of Florida, killing a father and critically injuring his young daughter, authorities have said.
The mid-afternoon incident in Venice involved a 1972 Piper Cherokee aircraft and neither the pilot nor his passenger was hurt, Wendy Rose of the Sarasota County Sheriff`s Office said in a statement yesterday.
The deceased father was walking along the Gulf Coast beach with his daughter yesterday when the plane crash-landed, Rose said.
The girl was transported to a children`s hospital in St Petersburg "and is believed to be in critical condition," she added.
Rose said the Sarasota County Sheriff`s Office was notified by Venice Airport officials that the pilot would attempt to make a beach landing after signaling he was in distress and could not make it back to the airfield.