Santa Monica Residents Die in
By Lookout Staff
September 4 -- Six members
of a Santa Monica family flying to
a weekend camping trip died Friday
when their plane crashed near the
Kern Valley Airport.
A family member on Saturday identified
the crash victims as Adam Pasori,
the pilot, 56; his wife Sibel; his
brother, David Pasori; his sister
Mila Kuygusuzults and Kuygusuz's two
daughters, Meriem, 2, and Nasrin,
The two brothers were in the property management
and development business, according to family
Adam Pasori was the property manager for 125
Pacific LLC in Santa Monica, the company vying
to tear down a 24-unit apartment complex near
the beach and build a nine-unit, multi-story structure,
according to press reports.
The single-engine Lancair Columbia aircraft departed
from Santa Monica Airport at 4:20 p.m. Friday
and was attempting to land on a runway at the
Kern Valley Airport before 6 p.m. when it crashed,
according to Jeltje Nelson, the Kern Valley Airport
The plane was flying too high to land and made
a 180 degree left turn to try again, when the
engine stalled and the plane crashed into a field
and was engulfed in flames, according to officials
for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The NTSB is still investigating what caused the
plane to crash.
“I heard ‘pop pop’ and that’s
it,” Nelson told the press.
“Sounded like gun shots.”
The family members decided to fly
up for the long holiday weekend to
the lake area near Bakersfield, according
to Sal Yaman, Adam Pasori’s