Bedford, MA Private Plane Crashes, May 2014
SEVEN PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER A GULFSTREAM G-IV CRASHES DURING TAKEOFF AT HANSCOM FIELD IN MASSACHUSETTS.
Bedford, Massachusetts - Billionaire LEWIS KATZ, the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and three friends, were among the seven people killed when a small plane crashed on Saturday night. The Gulfstream G-IV private jet crashed as it was taking off from Hanscom Field at around 9:40 p.m. It was on its way to Atlantic City International Airport. Two pilots and a flight attendant were also killed. Authorities say the plane failed to get airborne and went through a fence before hitting a gully and catching fire.
According to CNN, KATZ was returning to his New Jersey home after attending a fund-raising event held at the Boston-area home of author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
All of the passengers were from New Jersey. According to Philly.com:
LEWIS KATZ, 72, of Longport, was co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and former owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets and the NHL's
New Jersey Devils.
SUSAN K. ASBELL, 68, of Cherry Hill and Margate, was a member of the planning committee of the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County.
MARCELLA M. DALSEY, 59, of Haddonfield, was the executive director of The Drew A. Katz Foundation and president of The Katz Academy Charter School in Camden.
ANNE B. LEEDS, 74, of Longport, was Lewis Katz's neighbor and longtime friend, who lived directly across the street. She had been invited on the trip at the last minute.
JAMES McDOWELL, 51, originally from Georgetown, Delaware, the chief pilot.
BAUKE "MIKE" DE VRIES, 45, of Marlton, New Jersey, co-pilot.
TERESA A. BENHOFF, 48, of Easton, Maryland, flight attendant.
NTSB investigator, Luke Schiada said a witness reported that the plane "never left the ground" before crashing through a fence and into a gully, immediately catching fire. FAA registration information shows that the aircraft was owned by SK Travel, LLC of Raleigh, North Carolina. Information provided by Flight Aware indicates that weather likely wasn't a factor in the crash.
At this time, authorities are uncertain what caused the crash. An investigation is underway. The NTSB will be analyzing the plane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.
Bedford Massachusetts 2014-05-31