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Hanscom Plane Crash

June 2, 2014 by staff 

Hanscom Plane Crash, The co-owner of the The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, was one of 7 people killed in a crash at Hanscom Field.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. In total, two crew members, one cabin crew member and four passengers were killed in the crash.

The private jet, a Gulfstream IV, went off runway 11 in a wooded area, the FAA said.

It was headed to Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey.

The paper’s editor Bill Marimow confirmed the death of Lewis Katz, 72, to Philly.com on Sunday, saying he learned the news from close associates, according to our sister station CBS Philly.

James P. Leeds, town commissioner of Longport, New Jersey, said his 74-year-old wife, Anne, was also aboard the plane. He received a text from Anne just four minutes before the crash saying they were about to take off, he said.

Anne Brennan Leeds, a retired preschool teacher, had been invited by her neighbor Katz on Saturday to attend an education-related function, James Leeds said. They left Longport at about 2 p.m., attended the event and went to dinner in Boston, he said.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the two other passengers were friends of Katz from New Jersey. Marcella Dalsey, 59, of Haddonfield, N.J., was a mother of four, the director of Katz’s son’s foundation and president of the KATZ Academy Charter School, which she founded with Lewis Katz. Susan Asbell, 68, a mother of two from Cherry Hill, N.J., also was killed in the crash.

The names of the crew members have not yet been released.

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