Plane Failed Takeoff Twice Before Crashing

Preliminary report says plane's wings "rocked back and forth"

By Kate Allt
|  Thursday, Jul 22, 2010  |  Updated 1:54 PM CDT
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Plane Crash Kills Skokie Man, Three Grandchildren

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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) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES

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Plane Crash Kills Skokie Man, Three Grandchildren

A 73-year old Skokie man and three of his family members died Tuesday after the small plane he was piloting crashed shortly after taking off from a Mackinac Island, Michigan airport.
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The plane that killed a Skokie grandfather and his three grandchildren last week tried twice to takeoff before its third and fatal attempt.

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board states that the Beech 58 airplane aborted two attempts to takeoff. On the third attempt, the “wings rocked back and forth” and the plane’s left wing hit the northbound lanes of Interstate 75.

The plane stopped in a grassy area near the highway where it burst into flames, according to the report.

Killed in the crash were the 73-year-old pilot Moshe Menora and his three granddaughters, Rikki, 16, and Rachel Menora, 14, and Sara Klein, 17. The fifth passenger, 13-year-old Yossi Menora, was able to unbuckle his seatbelt and exit the plane. He is listed in critical condition at a Michigan hospital.

The group was headed home after a day trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan. Menora and his granddaughters were flown to Israel to be buried.

NTSB investigator Aaron Sauer said load calculation has yet to be done, but he speculates that the plane was overloaded, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The plane’s records and other information are still being investigated.

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