Victim of Westchester plane crash sent last message moments before death: 'Sorry for everything I've done'

19 days ago

Westchester news, New York news.

One of the two men killed in a small plane crash in Westchester Thursday evening reportedly sent his family a heartbreaking last message moments before his tragic death.

Benjamin Chafetz was a passenger of the single-engine Beechcraft A36 that went down in the White Plains after the pilot reported being low on oil pressure.

Chafetz and the pilot of the doomed aircraft, Boruch Taub, were both experienced pilots and were back in Cleveland after attending a funeral in New York.

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  • “I love you and the kids. I am sorry for everything I have done... We lost engines. Call and have the community say Tehillim,” he said in a WhatsApp message referring to the Book of Psalms in Hebrew.

    “Mr. Taub and Mr. Chafetz are gone,” Westchester County Executive George Latimer said of the two members of the Orthodox Jewish community.

    “They leave a hole at the dinner table in their homes. They leave a hole in the life of their communities of faith. And in losing them, that is the overarching story of today.”