BOSTON (WHDH/Beford Police Department/CNN) – Investigators are trying to determine what caused a private jet crash that killed seven people in Massachusetts.
The plan ran off the runway Saturday night and burst into flames on takeoff from Hanscom Field, northwest of Boston.
A driver called 911 after seeing smoke in some nearby woods.
Operator: "911 (inaudible) what's your emergency?"
Man: "I think there was an airplane crash."
Operator: "Okay. Where do you think it was?"
Man: "You know. Let me see if I can figure out what road I'm on. I'm not that familiar with the neighborhood. Uh - It's near Hanscom."
Operator: "Near Hanscom?"
Operator: "Okay. What's your name sir?"
Man: "My names Mike Stevens...the back highway to Hanscom."
Man: "There's a giant column with smoke and planes."
Operator: "Yup. We do have officers heading that way right now. Alright. Thanks for the call."
The victims include Lewis Katz, co-owner of a media company that owns the Philadelphia Inquirer. The 72-year-old was also the former owner of the New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils.
The Boston Globe reports Katz and three other passengers were returning from a nonprofit fundraiser. Three crew members were also killed.
The National Transportation Safety board is investigating.
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