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NTSB Recovers Data Recorders From Katz’s Plane

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says it has recovered the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from the private jet that crashed this weekend in Massachusetts, killing Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz and six others.

NTSB investigators at the scene of a plane that plunged down an embankment and erupted in flames during a takeoff attempt Saturday night at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass.
NTSB investigators at the scene of a plane that plunged down an embankment and erupted in flames during a takeoff attempt Saturday night at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. (AP Photo/National Transportation Safety Board)

The agency had said earlier Monday it was working to recover the devices from the wreckage of Katz’s Gulfstream IV jet that crashed during takeoff at Hanscom Field west of Boston on Saturday night. It said they were recovered at about 6:30 p.m.

The plane went off the end of the runway. It could be seen Monday with the nose resting on a hill, and the burned-out fuselage lying in a ravine.

Katz went to Massachusetts on Saturday with three friends to attend an education-related event at the home of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The plane’s three crew members also died.

The chief pilot was James McDowell, of Georgetown, Delaware, authorities said. Spouses identified two of the crew members Monday as flight attendant Teresa Benhoff, 48, of Easton, Maryland, and co-pilot Bauke “Mike” de Vries, 45, of Marlton, New Jersey.
The rest of the victims were identified earlier Katz’s neighbor at the New Jersey shore, Anne Leeds, a 74-year-old retired preschool teacher he invited on the trip just that day; Marcella Dalsey, the director of Katz’s son’s foundation; and Susan Asbell, 67, the wife of a former New Jersey county prosecutor.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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