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Greene County plane crash victims identified

Posted May 9, 2008

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— Authorities on Friday identified the two people killed Thursday when their plane crashed into a farm field in western Greene County.

Mark J. Sobel, 56, and Joan Wilson, 56, were husband and wife from Estero, Fla., authorities said. Their plane was headed from Fort Myers, Fla., to Connecticut when it crashed Thursday afternoon near the crossroads community of Shine.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration arrived in eastern North Carolina Friday to handle the review of the crash to determine what happened.

A piece of one of the plane's wings landed outside an assisted living center more than a mile from the crash site, authorities said.


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  • rainbow2 May 9, 2008

    I am from Greene County. What we heard was that they were flying pretty high and that they made a call that they were icing and were descending. With the weather like it was yesterday (spotty drizzle) at that time of day in Greene County, this might have been possible. My dad is a pilot and his thought was that the man descended to get below the cold air and icing. Apparently, the icing was worse than he thought and thus he lost the ability to control the plane. From what we heard in the community today, it was really awful. We should all pray for the victims, their family and those who were trying to get to them to rescue them. Lord have mercy.


  • dbcooper41 May 9, 2008

    sounds like a piece of the wing fell off. i wonder who serviced it last?