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Seven dead in Boston plane crash

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:08

June 2 - Lewis Katz, the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, was among seven people killed when a private jet caught fire and crashed as it tried to take off near Boston. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A private jet caught fire and crashed Saturday night. It happened during take-off at a small airport in Bedford, northwest of Boston. All seven people on board were killed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD SENIOR AIR SAFETY INVESTIGATION OFFICER, LUKE SCHIADA, SAYING: "There were two flight crew members, one cabin crew member and four passengers." One of the passengers was Lewis Katz, co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Authorities have not released the other names. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD SENIOR AIR SAFETY INVESTIGATION OFFICER, LUKE SCHIADA, SAYING: "There was a significant post crash fire. The aircraft actually entered -- it went down an embankment and into a gully with water." One witness said he could almost feel the heat from 200 yards away. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED WITNESS, SAYING: "The whole sky was covered in smoke, you just couldn't see anything." The NTSB says it's too early to speculate on the cause of the accident. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD SENIOR AIR SAFETY INVESTIGATION OFFICER, LUKE SCHIADA, SAYING: "It's our understanding that the aircraft was equipped with a flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder, so we're looking for those components right now." Katz was 72 years old. He co-owned Philadelphia's Daily News and Philly.com. He was also the former owner of the New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils.

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Seven dead in Boston plane crash

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:08