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UPDATE: 7 aboard Atlantic City-bound plane die in crash

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By The Associated Press


BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A small private plane with seven people aboard crashed and caught fire as it was leaving Hanscom Field in Massachusetts.

Authorities say all seven people aboard the plane have been killed.

Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Hanscom Field in Bedford where the crash occurred, said there were no survivors.

Jim Peters of the Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft apparently ran off a runway at 9:40 pm on Saturday as it was leaving for Atlantic City International Airport.

Peters said officials told the FAA the aircraft then caught fire.

Nearby residents recounted seeing a fireball and feeling the blast of the explosion shake their homes.

The editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer says co-owner Lewis Katz, 72, is among the seven people killed in a plane crash in Massachusetts. 

Passenger, Anne Leeds, 74, the wife of James P. Leeds, who is on the board of commissioners in Longport, NJ was also onboard. He said his wife had been invited by Katz to attend an education-related function.

Marcella Dalsey, the executive vice president of the Drew A. Katz foundation was also killed in the crash.

State Police are currently assisting at the plane crash scene at Hanscom Airfield in Bedford and have sent troopers, aerial photographers, the dive team, and the crime scene services to investigate.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating and will determine the cause of the accident.

(C) The Associated Press 2014

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