Seven Die In Hanscom Gulfstream Crash (UPDATED)
All seven people aboard a Gulfstream IV were killed Saturday night when the aircraft ran off a runway at Hansom Field in Bedford, Mass., northwest of Boston. The aircraft was en route from Hanscom to Atlantic City, N.J., according to airport authorities. Among the victims was Lewis Katz, 72, who just days ago reached a deal to buy the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, according to boston.com.
Emergency crews from Bedford and other nearby communities responded to the crash scene in a heavily wooded area off the end of the runway, according to a report in The New York Times on Saturday night. Although crews remained on the scene, the fire was extinguished quickly.
Witnesses reported a loud explosion at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday night and a large fire was observed in the woods off the end of Hanscom's 7011-foot Runway 11. Hanscom Field is a civil airport operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority, but it's attached to Hanscom Air Force Base. It's a popular airport for corporate aircraft flying passengers into Boston, which is 20 miles to the southeast, or into the route 128 tech corridor around Boston. Other than Katz, the names of the victims were not released by Sunday.
Katz and H.F. Lenfest won a private bid for the Inquirer on May 27. Katz made his fortune in the parking business and once owned the NBA's New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils hockey team.