Seven Killed in Massachusetts Plane Crash

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-06_773b1df7b3.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (BEDFORD, Mass.) -- Seven people were killed on Saturday night when a small plane crashed while attempting to take off from Hanscom Field in Massachusetts, among them the co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lewis Katz. The Federal Aviation Administration said on Saturday that the Gulfstream IV aircraft was departing for Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey just before 10 p.m., when it ran off the runway and caught fire.

All seven people who were on board the aircraft were pronounced dead, including four passengers and three crew members.

The Philadelphia Inquirer confirmed Katz' death. Katz, 72, and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest had bought out their partners for $88 million on Tuesday, gaining control of the media company that owns the newspaper. He was formerly a co-owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets and the NHL's New Jersey Devils.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have opened an investigation into the cause of the accident.

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