Their plane from overseas was scheduled to land approximately 2 PM on Friday, but things got delayed on the tarmac, and they found themselves on schedule to arrive at JFK less than an hour before Shabbos.
When the two Lakewood businessmen saw they could be left stranded for Shabbos, they realized the only shot they had at making it back in time in Lakewood for Shabbos, would be with a helicopter – but that would require a lot of coordination and Siyata D’Shmaya.
On the ground, Simcha Shain of ParaFlight was contacted, and sprung into action. With years of experience in last-minute emergency flight arrangements, Simcha immediately put the gears into high gear.
In New York, an Askan was contacted to coordinate with the proper departments.
As soon as wheels touched down, 6:24 PM, the men were notified that all has been arranged.
Within minutes of their arrival, they were whisked off the plane, and hopped into a waiting ride. A short 10 minute ride later, they arrived at the doors of a waiting chopper. They lifted off at 6:46 PM.
At 7:08 PM, 22 minutes later, they arrived at the Lakewood Airport – nine minutes before Shkiah.
“This was just an amazing display of Siyata D’shmaya,” Simcha Shain told TLS. “There were many moving parts to this and everything just fell into place beautifully.”