Gulfstream Crashes Killing Seven

  • Jun 1, 2014 9:13am GMT
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Updated via the Associated Press.

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts, just days after reaching a deal that many hoped would end months of infighting at the newspaper and help restore it to its former glory. Related Stories

The 72-year-old businessman's Gulfstream corporate jet ran off the end of a runway, plunged down an embankment and erupted in a fireball during a takeoff attempt Saturday night at Hanscom Field outside Boston, authorities said. There were no survivors.

Katz was returning to New Jersey from a gathering at the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Also killed was a next-door neighbor of Katz's, Anne Leeds, a 74-year-old retired preschool teacher he had invited along.

The identities of the other victims weren't immediately released. Nancy Phillips, Katz's longtime partner and city editor at the Inquirer, was not aboard.

Investigators said it was too soon to say what caused the crash.

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The NTSB and FBI are investigating why a Gulfstream IV caught fire or exploded as it was departing from Hanscom Field outside of Boston Saturday night.

Witnesses report seeing a huge fireball and hearing a tremendous explosion just after 9:30 pm.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, newspaper co-owner Lewis Katz was a passenger on the jet headed to Atlantic City. The other passengers have not been identified.