VENICE --The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is responding to a reported plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice, which is just south of Sharky's on the Pier restaurant.
Around 2:45 pm, Venice Airport contacted SSO regarding a small plane in distress that could not make it back to the airport. Pilot was going to try to land on the beach.
The pilot of the 1972 Piper Cherokee and his passenger have been rescued and were uninjured, according to the sheriff's officer report.
A man and one of his children who were walking on the beach were apparently injured by the plane, according to the report. The man is deceased. The girl was transported by BayFlite to All Children's Hospital and is believed to be in critical condition.
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The National Transportation Safety Board is en route to investigate.