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.