Jul 14, 2010

Tragedy hits (with video)

From the Chicago Breaking News website:
A 72-year-old Skokie man was among four family members killed when a small plane crashed near Mackinac Island, Michigan on Tuesday.

Four people were killed and a fifth person injured when a twin-engine Beech Baron 58 aircraft crashed just after 5 p.m. near the Mackinac County Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Mackinac County Sheriff's office.

Five people -- all related -- were on board when the plane encountered difficulties after taking off from the county airport in St. Ignace, the sheriff's office said. Four people died but a 13-year-old boy was ejected from the plane and later airlifted to a downstate Michigan hospital.

The plane crossed over northbound Interstate Highway 75 and struck the median barrier, flipping over and coming to rest on the shoulder of southbound I-75, according to the sheriff's office. No vehicles on the highway were involved.

Moshe Menora, 72, was among those killed, according to his daughter, Miriam
Schreiber, who spoke late Tuesday from her father's home. She confirmed the deaths but decline further comment.

Menora was with his four grandchildren who were visiting from Israel when the plane went down, according to reports on the matzav.com and vidyid.com Web sites, which focus on news for the Jewish community..

As of late Tuesday, the Mackinac County sheriff's office was not releasing the names of the victims.

The Beech Baron 58 multi-engine fixed-wing plane, manufactured in 1987, had a current certification and was registered to Tri United Inc. of Skokie under the serial number TH-1526, according to the FAA Web site.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Baruch Dayan HaEmes. In the blink of an eye, lives are overturned. Such a tragedy. Hashem Yishmor.


  1. The two girls are supposedly from Beit Shemesh, from the Sheinfeld neighborhood. Condolences to the entire community. Baruch Dayan Emet.

  2. BDE. What a terrible tragedy.

    The names of all the victims can be found on matzav.com

  3. Refuah Sheleima for Netanel Yosef ben Simcha Sima--he is the sole survivor of the crash.

    Rafi, did you know Mr. Menora?
    The Menora girls are apparently from Beit Shemesh.

  4. I know the parents of the girls from bet Shemesh.. and my family knows the Menoras from Chicago.

  5. The two girls learned in Ulpanat Gila RBS.
    Baruch Dayan Emet

  6. The father of two of the girls and Netanel was my counselor at camp growing up in Chicago. My grandparents are friends with the grandparent(s). The 3rd girl was their cousin, also from Israel.

    This is such a horrible tragedy. Not that you could ever wish something like this to anyone, but when it happens to a truly wonderful family, it just seems to hurt that much worse.

    Baruch Dayan Ha-emet.


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