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Philadelphia mogul among 7 dead in Atlantic City bound plane crash

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The Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was among seven people killed on board an Atlantic City-bound private jet when the plane crashed and caught fire shortly after takeoff from a Massachusetts airfield late Saturday.

The former owner of the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils made his fortune from New York parking lots, billboards and cable TV.

Just last week, Katz and a partner won an $88 million dollar auction for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

The wife of a New Jersey borough commissioner was also on the plane.

James P. Leeds Sr. told The Associated Press that his 74-year-old wife, Anne, died in the crash. Leeds serves on the board of commissioners in Longport, a resort town in southern New Jersey.

Leeds said he got a text from his wife from the plane at 9:36 p.m., four minutes before the crash.

He says his wife had been invited by Katz to attend an education-related function. They left Longport at about 2 p.m.

Officials said that the Gulfstream IV jet was leaving Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., when it crashed and caught fire at approximately 9:40 p.m. local time.

"There were no survivors," Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, said early Sunday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people on board and their loved ones."

Sharon Williams, director of the airport, said families were being notified early Sunday morning, the Boston Herald reported.

The NTSB is investigating.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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