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911 Calls in Fatal Hanscom Plane Crash: 'Something Just Exploded'

All seven people—including Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz—aboard a private jet were killed Saturday night when it crashed on takeoff.

Federal investigators at the scene of Saturday's plane crash in Bedford. Credit: National Transportation Safety Board
Federal investigators at the scene of Saturday's plane crash in Bedford. Credit: National Transportation Safety Board
Police on Monday released dramatic 911 tapes on Saturday's fatal plane crash in Bedford.

"Something just exploded," a woman told a Bedford police dispatcher. "It was a big boom. It shook the house."


Authorities said a private Gulfstream IV jet crashed on takeoff at Hanscom Field Saturday night at about 9:40 p.m. All seven aboard—including Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz—were killed.

The names of the other victims haven't been released by authorities yet. Police could release that information at a press briefing scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m.

The jet was headed to Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey, authorities said.

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a probe into the crash.

A burning smell from the fire could be detected as far as 20 miles away in parts of Boston.

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Derek Duchemin June 03, 2014 at 09:18 AM
According to the local news there were dozens of calls about he crash and hearing loud explosions and there was nothing the police dispatcher could do but say we have had numerous calls and we have officers on their way to check it out.

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