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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 last month. A preliminary investigation found nothing wrong with the aircraft.

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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