Published: Jul 29, 2014 10:25 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla -- As WINK News has been reporting, a plane making an emergency landing on a Sarasota County beach, hit and killed a father and daughter walking along the shore.

It appears the pilot lost power and could not make it to the airport.
But some of you on social media have been asking whether the pilot could have avoided hitting anyone.

In a written statement Tuesday, the pilot said he did not see them and is devastated by the loss of life.

WINK News Reporter Sam Smink flew with a local pilot Tuesday to show us what it's like when a small plane is forced to make an emergency landing.

"You cannot blame him hard, because he did what he could." Local pilot instructor Lubomir Gueorguiev says when a pilot has an engine failure, things happen quickly.

A pilot does not a lot of time and only a few options when he's looking for a place to land.

The plane involved in Sunday's crash was low winged. Although the one we flew in was not, the procedures for an emergency landing are the same.

Mid-flight Tuesday afternoon, our pilot cut the power, showing us how an emergency landing would go.

"Number one thing, go to the best glide speed. This is the goal, you are to keep the best glide speed to give you maximum gliding distance, losing minimum altitude. Number two. Choose the field where to land. He made the right decision, he landed on the beach," said Gueorguiev.

A long straight stretch of beach can look pretty good to a pilot who has no power and can't make it to the airport.

Water would have flipped the plane, although he does says pilot Karl Kokomoor might have been better off turning the plan toward the edge of the water.

"What happened is your landing, your gliding fast, you have to project your gliding path of where you are going to land.

In a statement, Kokomoore said there was little ability to make a mjor turn.

"Below 10 feet, altitude it's almost impossible to avoid interchanging the distance because he doesn't have power. 50, 100 feet you have more than 3 seconds to maneuver."

Flying in a low wing airplane like the one that landed on the beach Sunday makes it even harder to see.

"When you have high altitude you see you have people, but when you get low, and the speed increased and you have seconds to land and not a lot of control, you can't see too much."

And before touch down, the pilot pulls the nose up to keep the nose gear from digging into the sand. That's where even more visibility is lost.

Here's the full statement from Karl Kokomoor, read at a press conference by his pastor.

"With the plane quickly descending and little ability to make any major turn, I spotted an area on the shore on which I did not see anyone and landed the plane. The plane hit the water to rest with the nose down at the water's edge. It was only after I landed and we exited the plane did I realize that there were people on the beach. I never saw them and am deeply, deeply, sorry."

When we asked if the pilot could face charges, that would come down by FAA recommendation. An investigation could take up to a year. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says they'd have to prove criminal intent, or criminal negligence to press charges.