A man is suing his late father’s company after a plane his father was piloting crashed, killing himself and three of his grandchildren.
The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court says Moshe Menora was acting in the scope of his job as president of Tri-United Development Inc. when he was piloting an aircraft on a flight from Mackinac County Airport in Michigan to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling when it crashed during take-off.
The lawsuit also names Yehudis Esther Israel and Robert Blatt, co-independent executors of Moshe Menora’s, estate as defendants.
The Beech 58 twin-engine plane tried to take off twice on July 13, 2010, at the Mackinac County Airport, but Menora aborted both attempts, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.
On the third try, the airplane became airborne, but the left wing hit a lane on Interstate Highway 75 about 1,000 feet from the end of the runway, the report said. When the airplane crossed the highway, it crashed and caught fire, the report said.
The crash killed Menora, 73, and his granddaughters Sara Klein, 17, Rebecca Menora, 16, and Rachel Menora, 14. Yossi Menora, 13 at the time, survived. The five were returning from a day trip to Mackinac Island, relatives said.
Plaintiff Shalom Menora has lost “love, support, guidance, affection, comfort, companionship and society” as a result of the death of his daughters Rachel and Rebecca Menora, the lawsuit says.
Menora is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
NTSB Identification: CEN10FA394
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 13, 2010 in St. Ignace, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/2011
Aircraft: BEECH 58, registration: N3081N
Injuries: 4 Fatal,1 Serious.
Witnesses observed the airplane abort two takeoffs prior to the accident takeoff. During the second and third (accident) takeoff rolls, one engine did not sound like it was developing full power. In between the three takeoff attempts, the pilot did not perform an engine run-up. During the accident takeoff roll, one engine still did not sound like it was developing full power and the airplane rotated shortly before the end of the runway. The airplane briefly became airborne, with the wings rocking back and forth, and then impacted an interstate highway with its left wing, which was consistent with an aerodynamic stall. The airplane impacted a cable median barrier and a fire ensued. The airplane continued into a ditch, nosed over, and came to rest inverted. A postaccident examination of the airframe and engines revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot had some moderate heart disease and sleep apnea that were documented in his medical records. Toxicology findings noted the use of an unreported medication (atenolol) that was taken at an undetermined time prior to the accident. Approximately 10 minutes prior to the accident flight, the pilot amended his instrument flight rules clearance with an air traffic controller via the airplane's radio. No problems with the pilot's conversation or speech were noted during the recorded transmissions, and the investigation could not conclusively determine whether the pilot's medical conditions or medication use were related to the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during takeoff for undetermined reasons.