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Updated: 08/17/2014 12:26:10PM

Report: Plane had no obvious mechanical problems

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

A law enforcement officer walks by the crashed plane on Caspersen Beach that killed two beachgoers in July of 2014. The final report on the crash says the cause of the plane's engine failure can't be determined.

By GREG GILES

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There was no obvious mechanical failure in a single engine aircraft that killed two people when it made an emergency landing on Caspersen Beach, according to a preliminary airplane crash report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Sgt. Ommy Irazarry and 9-year-old daughter Oceana died when the Piper aircraft hit them during a controlled landing. They were swimming in 4 feet of water on July 27 on a mostly deserted stretch of Caspersen Beach.

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