Andrew KellerUPDATE- St. Ignace Airplane CrashFri Jul 16, 2010 06:5322.214.171.124
UPDATE- St. Ignace Airplane Crash
by Andrew Keller
Posted: 07.13.2010 at 11:50 PM
Andrew joined the 7&4 News Team in March 2010. Originally from Davison, Michigan, Northern Michigan is just a quick trip from his roots.
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ST. IGNACE, MI -- Four people are dead Tuesday night and one is in critical condition after a plane crash in Mackinac County.
A plane taking off from Mackinac County airport crashed around five Tuesday afternoon.
Five people were on board, and officials tell us four have died and one 13-year old boy survived.
The 13-year old was ejected from the plane and has serious burns.
RIght around 5pm a Twin Engine Beachcraft Model 58 took off from a Mackinac County Airport runway. After takeoff, that's when the problems started happening. According to the Sheriff, it hit the median of I-75, flipped over, and immediately burst into flames.
The wreckage of the aircraft speaks for itself. This was as close as cameras were allowed to the scene of the crash, as it sat near exit 348 off Southbound I-75. It sits about 1000 feet from the end of the Mackinac County Airport. Here's what we know: five related individuals were on the plane, which was registered out of state, at the time of the crash.
"There were four fatalities. There was a 13 year old boy who was ejected from the airplane, he did suffer burns, he was transported by ambulance to Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace. Last I heard, he was being transported to a burn unit downstate," said Mackinac County Sheriff PIO Tim Ahlborn.
A North Flight Emergency transport plane arrived at the airport just after eight to take the teenage boy to a downstate hospital. Investigators are not releasing the identities of those involved until other family members can be notified. We do know that the plane was registered out of state.
"Very tragic situation. People coming Up North, not sure if they were visiting or not, but it ended in a tragedy," said Alborn.
The FAA and NTSB have been notified and they'll both be out here to do an investigation tomorrow. Until then, the plane will sit off of I-75.
The names of the four victims have been released. A 73-year old Chicago-area man and his three granddaughters were killed. Moshe Menora is from Skokie, Illinois and his three granddaughters were visiting from Israel. 16-year old Rikki Menora, 14-year old Rachel Menora, and 17-year old Sara Klein died. 13-year old Yossi Menora, brother of Rikki and Rachel, was the lone survivor, after being ejected from the airplane. Reports say he suffered serious burns to half of his body.
The Associated Press spoke with Moshe Menora's widow, Sema Menora. Sema said the kids had been visiting from Israel for about a week and their Grandfather, who has been flying for 30 years, planned a day trip to Mackinac Island.
The FAA and NTSB will be in St. Ignace Wednesday to investigate.
parisrain said: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
My best frend, Mrs. Sharon Leahy, has worked for Mr. Menora, for over 35 years. He was a wonderful man, friend and employer to her. His exemplory reputation with the community will be his legacy. He will be greatly missed. Never replaced. The loss of his beautiful grandchildren, carry unspeakable sorrow. Sincerest regrets, Mr.& Mrs. Robert Berner
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