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7 die in MA private jet crash, newspaper owner among the dead

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The owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer is among the dead in the MA private plane crash. (Source: PENN STATE LAW/CNN) The owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer is among the dead in the MA private plane crash. (Source: PENN STATE LAW/CNN)
Sharon Williams, the director of the Hanscom airfield, gave just the barest of information. (Source: WCVB/CNN) Sharon Williams, the director of the Hanscom airfield, gave just the barest of information. (Source: WCVB/CNN)

BEDFORD, MA (WCVB/CNN) - Seven people are dead after a private jet crashed Saturday night in the woods near Hanscom Air Force Base.

Reports say a Philly newspaper owner is among the dead.

According to the Associated Press, Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was one of the seven people killed in the crash.

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports Katz and another partner gained control last week of the parent company that owns the Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.

Katz had been an investor in a New York City Sports Television Network.

He also once owned the New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils.

The names of the other victims have not been released.

The plane was believed to have been heading to Atlantic City, NJ.

Hanscom is a joint military and civilian facility located about 20 miles outside of Boston.

The FAA says it appears the plane caught fire before it crashed.

In an early Sunday morning news conference, Sharon Williams, the director of the Hanscom Airfield, gave just the barest of information, saying it was still an active investigation and she couldn't comment.

"A Gulfstream IV jet crashed on departure from Hanscom with seven people on board," Williams said. "I am sorry to report, there were no survivors."

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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