Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner dies in fiery plane crash

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NEW YORK CITY: A co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and six other people were killed when a private business jet crashed during takeoff from an airfield outside Boston.

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The Gulfstream IV jet burst into a fireball upon crashing late on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at LG Hanscom Field, located just north–west of Boston, killing all aboard.

Among the victims was Lewis Katz, 72, who had joined with another businessman on Tuesday in buying out the other owners of the Inquirer and two local publications, the newspaper said.

On Saturday, Katz had attended an education-related event hosted by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and her husband at their home in Concord, Massachusetts.

Officials at the Bedford-Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) said emergency personnel responded to the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a message on Twitter late on Saturday that it would investigate the crash.

Katz rose to the top of the business world investing in a parking empire and the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network in New York City. He was the one-time owner of the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils.

“Lewis was a trusted friend and valued member of the NBA [National Basketball Asso–ciation] family,” the association’s commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement on Sunday (Monday in Manila).

“He was a visionary businessman who touched the lives of so many with his tireless pursuit of innovation and enterprise, as well as his deep commitment to his family, friends and community,” he added.

Inquirer co-owner H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest told the paper: “We all deeply mourn the loss of my true friend and fellow investor.”

AFP

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