ZAKA To Assist With US Plane Wreckage


plane-crash2A six-member ZAKA team headed to the US from Israel today to assist local emergency workers in”the recovery and identification of the victims of the plane crash that killed 50 people on Friday near Buffalo, New York. ZAKA volunteer Motti Bukchin said today that the rescue and recovery organization had “much experience in international rescue and recovery in general, and place crashes in particular,” and hoped to be able to assist in sifting through the wreckage “to ensure a full burial for all the victims.” According to the Foreign Ministry, two Israelis were among the dead on Continental Flight 3407 from Newark, New Jersey to Buffalo, which nose-dived into a suburban home, killing all passengers, and one person on the ground.

One of the Israelis killed was 27-year-old George Abu-Karem from Tiveriah, who had traveled to the US to visit a relative. The name of the second Israeli passenger has not been released.

Also among the victims was Susan Wehle, 55, of Amherst, a cantor at the Reform Temple Beth Am in Williamsville, New York.

{Yair Israel/JPost}