Two men are dead after their plane crashed in New York on their way to a funeral


Two men have died after their plane crashed in New York while on their way to a funeral – with a devastating final text message sent to friends saying they had ‘lost their engines’. 

Boruch Taub and Binyamin ‘Ben’ Chafetz, both from Cleveland and identified by Jewish news organization, Belaaz News, tragically died on Thursday night when they encountered issues in their single engine aircraft at about 5.25pm in Westchester County. 

Taub, owner of ‘MasterWorks Automotive & Transmission,’ had been the pilot of the Beechcraft Bonanza A36, while, Chafetz, who worked as a tech entrepreneur, was his only passenger.

In their final moments, Chafetz appears to have sent a text message to a friends WhatsApp group sending love to family and asking his community to pray for him.

Boruch Taub had been flying the plane at the time of the crash

Binyamin 'Ben' Chafetz sent a text to friends on WhatsApp in the moments before the pair died

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 [Tehillim].’ Tehillim is the Hebrew term for the Book of Psalms.

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 pm after the pilot reported engine trouble.

The Federal Aviation Administration told theyeshivaworld.com they had been about one mile from the airport at this time. 

Taub then reportedly made a call to report low oil pressure and an emergency was declared a few minutes later. 

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

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 also sent out to search nearby bodies of water. A K9 crew were also spotted

Crews went by foot into wooded areas nearby, and according to News 12 dive teams and boats were also sent out to search nearby bodies of water. A K9 crew were also spotted

A ‘MAYDAY’ was heard over air traffic control minutes later, followed by no further contact.

First responders set up mobile command posts all over the area, including outside the airport and at several locations on nearby streets.

Crews went by foot into wooded areas nearby, and according to News 12 dive teams and boats were also sent out to search nearby bodies of water.

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.

A playback of the flight on flight radar shows the plane quickly making a descent dropping thousand of feet within minutes

The wreckage was found just before 11.00pm in the trees on a small island on a reservoir just near the airport

The wreckage was found just before 11.00pm in the trees on a small island on a reservoir just near the airport

Taub, owner of ‘MasterWorks Automotive & Transmission,’ had been the pilot of the Beechcraft Bonanza A36 (similar model pictured), while, Chafetz, who worked as a tech entrepreneur, was his only passenger

The wreckage was found just before 11.00pm in the trees on a small island on a reservoir just near the airport.

A playback of the flight on flight radar shows the plane quickly making a descent dropping thousand of feet within minutes.

Chafetz is survived by his wife and seven children according to flight magazine website DansDeals.

Depending on numerous factors, the average price for a pre-owned Beechcraft Bonanza A36 is $240,000. 

It was manufactured from 1970 – 2005 and requires a one person crew and can transport up to 5 passengers. 





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