BREAKING: Two men are dead after their plane crashed in New York on their way to a funeral: Passenger’s devastating final text to friends says ‘we lost engines’ and begs them to pray for him
- Boruch Taub and Binyamin ‘Ben’ Chafetz have died in a plane crash in New York
- Moments before the Westchester County crash Chafetz sent a text to friends
- The text said that their single engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 ‘lost engines’
- The pair had been on their way to a funeral from Cleveland, local reports say
A devastating final text message from two men who died in an horrific plane crash in Westchester County on their way to a funeral has emerged – their final text to friends saying they’d ‘lost engines.’
Boruch Taub and Binyamin ‘Ben’ Chafetz, both from Cleveland and identified by the community, tragically died on Thursday night when they encountered issues in their single engine aircraft at about 5.25pm. They sent a ‘May Day’ to Westchester County Airport just minutes later.
Taub, owner of ‘MasterWorks Automotive & Transmission,’ had been the pilot of the Beechcraft Bonanza A36, Chafetz, who worked as a tech entrepreneur, had been his only passenger.
In the final moments the pair were alive, Chafetz appears to have sent a text message to a friends WhatsApp group sending his love to family and asking for his community to pray for him.
Boruch Taub (left) and Binyamin ‘Ben’ Chafetz (right), both from Cleveland, tragically died on Thursday night when they encountered issues in their single engine aircraft at about 5.25pm, sending out a May Day to Westchester County Airport just minutes later
‘I love you and the kids,’ he said in the text message posted to Twitter.
‘I am sorry for everything I have done. Aay rehillim. We lost engines. Call and have community say [tehilim].’
The flight left from JFK airport on its way to a small regional airport outside of Cleveland, Ohio.
Air traffic control at Westchester County Airport lost connection with the pilot around 5.30 p.m. after the pilot reported engine trouble.
First responders set up mobile command posts all over the area, including outside the airport and at several locations on nearby streets.
In the final moments the pair were alive, Chafetz sent a text message to a friends WhatsApp group sending his love to family and asking for his community to pray for him
Crews went by foot into wooded areas nearby, and according to News 12 dive teams and boats were sent out to search nearby bodies of water as well.
Rain, thunder and lightning is reported to have limited the search from the air and made visibility very difficult. The area also backs up to the Kensico Reservoir and Rye Lake beyond that.
Officials told the outlet that one passenger and a pilot, now identified as Taub and Chafetz, were onboard the plane which holds up to six people.
Chafetz is survived by his wife and seven children according to flight magazine website DansDeals.