BREAKING: Two men dead after their plane crashed en route to a funeral in New York: Passenger’s devastating final text to friends says ‘we’ve lost engines’ and asks them to pray for him
- Boruch Taub and Binyamin “Ben” Chafetz have died in a plane crash in New York
- Just before the Westchester County crash, Chafetz texted friends
- The text stated that their single engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 had “lost engines”.
- The couple had been en route from Cleveland to a funeral, local reports said
A devastating final text message from two men who died in a horrific plane crash in Westchester County en route to a funeral has surfaced – their final message to friends saying they had “lost engines”.
Boruch Taub and Binyamin ‘Ben’ Chafetz, both from Cleveland and identified by the community, tragically died Thursday night when they encountered problems in their single-engine plane around 5:25 p.m. Just minutes later, they sent a “May Day” to Westchester County Airport.
Taub, owner of MasterWorks Automotive & Transmission, had been the pilot of the Beechcraft Bonanza A36, with Chafetz, who worked as a tech entrepreneur, as its sole passenger.
In the final moments of the couple’s life, Chafetz appears to have texted a friend’s WhatsApp group, sending his love to family and asking his congregation to pray for him.
Boruch Taub (left) and Binyamin ‘Ben’ Chafetz (right), both from Cleveland, tragically died Thursday night when they encountered problems in their single-engine plane around 5:25 p.m. and were flying to Westchester County Airport just minutes later for a May Day holiday
“Love you and the kids,” he said in the text message posted to Twitter.
“I’m sorry for everything I’ve done. Aay rehillim. We lost engines. Call and let the community have their say [tehilim].’
The flight departed from JFK Airport en route to a small regional airport outside of Cleveland, Ohio.
Air traffic control at Westchester County Airport lost communication with the pilot around 5:30 p.m. after the pilot reported engine trouble.
First responders set up mobile command posts throughout the area, including outside the airport and at several locations on nearby roads.
In the last moments of the couple’s life, Chafetz texted a friend’s WhatsApp group, sending his love to the family and asking his congregation to pray for him
Crews walked into nearby wooded areas, and according to the News, 12 dive teams and boats were dispatched to search nearby waters as well.
Rain, thunder and lightning are said to have restricted the search from the air and made visibility very difficult. The area also borders Kensico Reservoir and Rye Lake beyond.
Officials told the outlet that a passenger and pilot, now identified as Taub and Chafetz, were on board the plane, which can seat up to six people.
According to flight magazine DansDeals’ website, Chafetz is survived by his wife and seven children.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11656745/Two-men-dead-plane-crashed-New-York-way-funeral.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Two men have died in a plane crash in New York on their way to a funeral