Philadelphia Inquirer Co-Owner Among 7 Killed in Private Plane Crash

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Lewis Katz was 72 and owned several media entities

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A private plane crash in Massachusetts killed all seven people on board, including Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.

The Gulfstream IV jet was taking off from Hanscom Air Force Base when it erupted into a fireball around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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The jet was on its way to Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey, according to Matthew Brelis of the Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs the air field.

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“There were no survivors,” Brelis said.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people on board and their loved ones,”

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Philly.com reported.

Katz made his fortune through a parking empire and the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network in New York.

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He previously owned the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, and was a graduate of Temple University.

The names of the other victims have not yet been released.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.