Investigation Continues of Deadly Plane Crash That Killed Katz, 6 Others

Pilot, crew member identified on Monday

The black boxes from a plane crash that killed Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz and six others over the weekend have been recovered, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. 

The boxes should help investigators as they try to determine what caused the deadly wreck at a Massachusetts airfield.

Earlier in the day, investigators released the 911 tapes that were made moments after the crash as well as the identities of two of the victims.

James McDowell, the 51-year-old pilot of the Gulfstream IV, and fellow crew member Teresa Ann Benhoff, 48, were the latest victims to be identified on Monday by Middlesex County, Mass. prosecutors. The crash also claimed the lives of Katz and four others.

New aerial video of the crash site shows the mangled mess of plane parts stretching across a field and gully at Hanscom Air Field in suburban Boston. The commuter jet's cockpit separated from the rest of the plane and landed some distance away from the other wreckage.

The plane rolled 2,000 feet off the runway before it plunged into the water-filled gully.

The NTSB will review the pilots' experience and the aircraft's maintenance history.

The plane crashed and burst into flames as it was leaving from Hanscom Field Runway 11 at about 9:40 Saturday night for Atlantic City.

Six of the seven people killed in the plane crash have been identified -- most notably Katz.

A noted New Jersey businessman, philanthropist and co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and, Katz had chartered the plane, which he owned, to attend an event at the home of Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Temple University, Katz's alma mater and where he was a trustee, plans to hold a memorial service for the 72-year-old on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the university's performing arts center. Funeral services are being arranged in Cherry Hill, but a date has yet to be set.

Also killed was 74-year-old Anne Leeds, a retired pre-school teacher, neighbor and friend of Katz.

Another passionate advocate of education was Marcella Dalsey of Haddonfield, N.J. The 59-year-old was the executive director of the Drew A. Katz Foundation and president of the Katz Academy Charter School.

Susan Asbell shared that devotion to making a difference in the lives of children. The 68-year-old Cherry Hill woman was also on the planning committee of the Boys and Girls Club, had four grown children and was active in the Jewish Community of South Jersey.

McDowell, the pilot, was from Georgetown, Delaware and crew member Teresa Ann Benhoff called Easton, Maryland home.

And as far as parts of this investigation, time is of the essence.

NTSB’s Luke Schiada said, "We will also be documenting the scene with the focus initially on perishable information. Things like tire marks, control positions, those are items that we want to be able to capture now before anything gets moved and potentially disturbed."

Locating the recording devices from the plane is out of focus of the investigation at Hanscom.

The NTSB chief investigator says the plane crash site is horrific and that they'll release a preliminary report on their findings within the next 10 days.

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