September 26, 2018

Episode 82 – Crashing on the Hudson

Photo by Greg L.

It was a cold January afternoon in New York City when Adir Freilich boarded US Airways flight 1549 to Charlotte, North Carolina. He was on his way to Myrtle Beach to visit his grandparents. But Adir wasn’t destined to end up in Myrtle Beach that day. No, Adir ended up in the Hudson River.

The aircraft was in command of Captain Chesley (“Sully”) Sullenberg , a 57 year old former fighter pilot who had over 25 years of experience as an airline pilot. About 2 minutes after takeoff, flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada Geese. All engine power was lost. The events that followed are truly stranger than fiction.

Adir Freilich joins us today to share with us his first hand account of the Miracle on the Hudson.

This episode is brought to you by the new documentary Roadmap Jerusalem

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Body of NY Charedi mom missing for four months found in Hudson River

View of the Bear Mountain Bridge over Popolopen Creek feeding into the Hudson River. Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

The body of a Charedi Orthodox mother from New York’s Rockland County who had been reported missing in April was discovered in the Hudson River upstate.

The body was discovered Wednesday near Bear Mountain Bridge and positively identified the following day as that of Malky Lebowitz, nee Einhorn, the news site Crownheights Info reported. Lebowitz, 21, was married and the mother of a baby girl.

Formerly a member of the Satmar community, she lived in New City after moving from the neighboring town of Monsey, which has a large Charedi population.

On April 27, police began searching near the area where the body was found after seeing footage from a closed circuit television camera showing a woman jumping into the Hudson River from the bridge.

Yossi Morgeretan, coordinator of the Chaverim of Rockland, a volunteer emergency services organization, recovered the body, according to Crownheights Info. The report did not indicate the cause of death.

The family and close friends have been notified.

Following the woman’s disappearance, rescue units from numerous departments and agencies searched for nearly a week without any results, Kieran O’Leary, a spokesman for the Westchester County police, told the media at the time.

Crownheights Info published a photograph of a smiling Lebowitz wearing a head cover favored by many Charedi women while embracing a laughing baby and a rubber ball at what appears to be a play corner for children.