Eight People Lost In Two Weeks

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The latest crash occurred Friday in Statesville, N.C., in bad weather. Two people were killed and two were injured when the SR22 they were in crashed about 50 feet from the airport in a wooded ravine. NTSB spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz told The Charlotte Observer the aircraft was on an instrument approach when it crashed. According to witnesses, the aircraft made a low pass over the length of the runway and then returned to do the same. The witnesses told the Observer the second low pass was apparently aborted and the plane turned and climbed into the clouds before they heard it crash. The survivors were identified as Edward Sasso, the plane's owner, and Cecile Sasso. The deceased were not identified. The North Carolina crash came a day after a crash in northern Arizona killed a family of four from Georgia and about two weeks after New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor Tyler Stanger died when the SR20 they were in hit an apartment building in Manhattan. In the Arizona crash, race car driver Luis DeCastro, 44, his wife Laura, 41, and their children Nadia, 7, and Trevor, 4, were killed when the SR22 they were in crashed near Kingman, Ariz. According to the Kingman Daily Miner, FAA spokesman Allan Kenitzer said the pilot reported severe icing at 13,000 feet, declared an emergency and dropped off radar. It's still not clear if the aircraft's parachute was deployed.