The names of two Israelis appeared on the passenger list of a Continental Airlines flight that crashed Friday in Buffalo, New York.
Ruth Harel-Katz, 52, a resident of the United States, and 27-year old George Abu-Karem from Tiberias, were both killed in the crash.
Abu-Karem's family said representatives from the Foreign Ministry and the airline had been updating them on the efforts to identify the body of their loved one among those of dozens of other casualties. None of the passengers on the flight had survived the crash.
Fire caused by crash (Photo: AP)
The family of Harel-Katz, who resides in the US, received word of the disaster just a few hours after it had occurred.
Abu Karem, a former member of the South Lebanon Army, left behind a mother and three sisters. He had worked as a security guard at a bar near the Sea of Galilee.
One of his friends told Ynet he had arrived from Lebanon ten years ago with his family. "He's a great guy who always helps everyone," he said.
Continental Connection Flight 3407 flying from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey headed for Buffalo Niagara International Airport crashed into a house while coming in to land Thursday night.