07/14/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Mackinac County, MI—A tragic plane crash occurred Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, killing an elderly pilot and his three grandchildren. The aircraft went down shortly after its departure from the Mackinac County Airport, according to information provided by the Associated Press.
Reports indicated 73-year-old Moshe Menora, who has 30 years of flight experience, was taking three of his grandchildren for a ride in his twin-engine Beechcraft Model 58 when something went wrong.
The aircraft seemingly experienced a mechanical issue, crashing into an Interstate 75 median barrier after 10:15 a.m. The six-passenger plane apparently flipped over on impact.
While emergency crews seemingly responded to the scene, a 13-year-old boy was the only occupant who survived the violent plane crash. The wreckage was located along the shoulder of the roadway, approximately 250 miles from northwest Detroit.
The lone survivor, identified as Yossi Menora, was ejected from the plane and reportedly rushed to a Michigan hospital to receive much-needed medical attention, authorities from the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office said. Yossi reportedly sustained burns to half of his body.
Moshe’s remaining grandchildren, 16-year-old Rikki Menora, 14-year-old Rachel Menora and 17-year-old Sara Klein, suffered fatal injuries in the aviation accident. They were visiting from Israel at the time.
According to Moshe Menora’s widow, Sema Menora, “He just wanted to do something with the children for a few hours… They wanted to go in the plane. It was a special treat and he was a very skilled pilot.”
“He had a very good relationship with his grandchildren. He enjoyed flying and wanted them to be a part of what he loved, and they loved it,” Sema added.
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