Wife of Longport Commissioner Among Victims in Plane Crash

The wife of a Longport, New Jersey, commissioner was one of the seven people killed in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts.

Longport Mayor Nick Russo told NBC10’s Ted Greenberg that Anne Leeds, the 74-year-old wife of James Leeds, died in the accident. Mr. Leeds later confirmed his wife's death.

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Mr. Leeds said he received a text from Anne just four minutes before the crash saying they were about to take off.

The Gulfstream IV crashed as it was leaving Hanscom Field at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday for Atlantic City, New Jersey. There were no survivors.

The first victim identified in the crash was Lewis Katz, co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mrs. Leeds, a retired preschool teacher who was Katz's next-door neighbor and who also died in the crash, were among the 200 or so guests at the Concord, Massachusetts, home of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on Saturday afternoon, her representative said. The event was to support an education initiative for Goodwin's son Michael.

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