Two days after the plane crash in Westchester, New York, which claimed the lives of Binyamin Chafetz and Baruch Taub, two Orthodox Jews from Cleveland, Ohio, the details surrounding the horrifying incident are coming to light.
Local news sources have published the radio conversation between the pilot, Baruch Taub, and air traffic control."We are losing oil pressure," he was heard saying.
According to the audio recording, Taub repeated the emergency three more times before giving the mayday alert.
Air traffic control guided them to Westchester County Airport, telling them, "you're set up perfectly" to land, but weather conditions made it difficult to navigate the aircraft. Taub was heard saying, "I can't see anything."
Air Traffic Control told the pilot, "Runaway is at your 10 o'clock and less than a mile. Radar contact lost," according to the audio.
Then all communications stopped. There was silence. Another voice was heard saying, "Any word from him?"
The response: "I don't have anything."
Westchester County Police say the aircraft, a single-engine Beechcraft A36, was located late Thursday night in an area surrounded by trees, and the bodies of two people were found nearby.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Taub reported engine problems at 5:25 p.m., when the aircraft was roughly a mile from Westchester County Airport.
The ill-fated flight left from JFK Airport, en route to Cuyahoga County Airport in Ohio, but was diverted to Westchester County Airport for an emergency landing.
Rescue teams were dispatched to the area, but only discovered the wreck of the aircraft at roughly 11:00 p.m., following ours of searches.
According to a report by Yeshiva World News, the plane was found in trees on a small island in a reservoir near Westchester County Airport.