Dreaming of Moshiach

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Living Miracle

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NEW YORK — Ilana Benhuri was baking an apple pie for her 12-year-old son's school and doing paperwork in her apartment when her housekeeper noticed the small plane outside the window.
Benhuri did not see the plane attempt to turn above the East River and skew closer to her home, but her housekeeper rushed into the room with a warning. Seconds later, the plane carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashed through the apartment wall, setting off a fireball.

"At first, I thought I was dead," Benhuri, 50, said Friday as she left New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center a month after arriving with severe burns. "I was screaming. I could not stop screaming. I did not know what it was."

Lidle and flight instructor Tyler Stanger were killed when the plane slammed nose-first into Benhuri's 30th floor apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Oct. 11.

Benhuri was the only one of 23 people injured in the crash to be hospitalized. The others, including 14 firefighters, were treated and released.

Benhuri suffered burns below her waist, but she and housekeeper Eveline Reategue made it down the building's stairs to safety. Reategue was uninjured. During her month in the hospital, Benhuri underwent surgery and multiple skin grafts.

Benhuri's family is living elsewhere in Manhattan while their apartment is being restored, but she said she wasn't sure if she ever wanted to move back. The Benhuris are Jewish immigrants from Iran.




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו