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Pilot, 3 grandchildren killed in plane crash

Associated Press / July 15, 2010

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DETROIT — A Chicago area man and three of his granddaughters were killed when their small plane crashed on an interstate in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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

The pilot, Moshe Menora, 73, 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, said.

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 Interstate 75.

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