Detroit, MI – AP Report: The Tragic Death of The Menora Family [Photos]

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    This photo taken July 12, 2010 at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and provided by the Menora famiy shows Shalom Menora and three of his children Yossi Menora, 13, left; Rikki Menora, 16, second from right; and Rachel Menora, 14, right, all from Bet Shemesh, Israel. The two daughters along with their grandfather Moshe Menora, of Skokie, Ill., and another one of his granddaughters, Sara Klein, 17, of Jerusalem were killed Tuesday, July 13, 2010, when their small plane crashed on an interstate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Yossi was hospitalized Wednesday after being ejected from the aircraft. He was the only survivor from the Tuesday evening crash. (AP Photo/Museum of Science and Industry via courtesy the Menora family)Detroit, MI – A 73-year-old Chicago area man and three of his granddaughters from Israel were killed when their small plane crashed on an interstate in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

    A 13-year-old grandson, who was hospitalized after being ejected from the aircraft, was the only survivor from the Tuesday evening crash, Mackinac County Sheriff officials said.

    The pilot, Moshe Menora of Skokie, Ill., was killed, along with Rikki Menora, 16; Rachel Menora, 14; and Sara Klein, 17.

    The grandchildren had been visiting from Israel for about a week, Moshe Menora’s widow, Sema Menora, told The Associated Press Wednesday.

    She said the boy, Yossi Menora, suffered burns to half his body, and that the others died instantly.

    Police said the twin engine Beechcraft Model 58 had not yet reached 1,000 feet after taking off from the Mackinac County Airport when it encountered trouble. The plane flipped after striking a median barrier on I-75, before resting on the shoulder about 250 miles northwest of Detroit.

    Moshe Menora and his grandchildren took off about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in the six-passenger plane from a small airport outside Chicago on a day trip to Mackinac, his widow said.

    Moshe Menora had about 30 years of experience as a pilot.

    “He just wanted to do something with the children for a few hours,” Sema Menora said. “They wanted to go in the plane. It was a special treat and he was a very skilled pilot.
    This July 13, 2010, photo provided by The St. Ignace News shows the wreckage of small plane that crashed after takeoff from the Mackinac County Airport in St. Ignace, Mich. The pilot Moshe Menora, 73, of Skokie, Ill., and three of his granddaughters Rikki Menora, 16; Rachel Menora, 14; and Sara Klein, 17, visiting from Israel were killed in the crash. A 13-year-old grandson Yossi Menora, who was hospitalized after being ejected from the aircraft, was the only survivor. (AP Photo/The St. Ignace News)
    “He had a very good relationship with his grandchildren. He enjoyed flying and wanted them to be part of what he loved, and they loved it.”

    Sema Menora said she last spoke with her husband Tuesday morning before they left.

    “I just said, ‘Have fun, have a good trip and I’ll see you for dinner,'” she said.

    By dinnertime, a meal of baked salmon, mashed potatoes and salad was ready.

    “I knew they would be starved,” Sema Menora added. “They were coming back about 5:30 p.m. Something went wrong in the takeoff.”

    Sholom Menora — father of Rikki, Rachel and Yossi — told his mother from the Michigan hospital where Yossi was being treated, that the plane had split in half. The boy was in the rear of the plane at takeoff, Sema Menora said.

    The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The FAA said the plane’s tail number is 3081N and that the aircraft is registered out of state.

    Rikki and Rachel came from Bet Shemesh, Israel, along with their brother. Sara was from Jerusalem.

    Moshe Menora was born in Haifa, Israel, and had been working in real estate in the Chicago area. He and Sema Menora celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.
    Moshe Menora, 73, and his granddaughters Sarah Klein, 17, Rebecca Menora, 16, and Rachel Menora, 14. (Moshe/passport photo; Rebecca and Rachel photos/ Museum of Science and Industry courtesy the Menora family; Rachel/ family photo)

    VIN Note:
    The name for learning Mishnayos are: Moshe ben shlomo yosef, Rachel bas sholom, Tzirel rivka bas sholom, Sara bas efraim zev.
    Tehilim: Netanel Yosef ben Simcha Sima.

    Chesed Shel Emes from New York working July 14 2010 at the plane crash site.

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