Three South Jersey Residents Among Victims in Saturday Plane Crash That Killed Lewis Katz

Susan Asbell, 67, was listed as a passenger on the plane that crashed in Massachusetts Saturday night.

Written by Liz Taurasi

Three South Jersey residents were among six victims of Saturday's plane crash that killed Lewis Katz, officials from Middlesex County, Massachusetts confirmed on Monday.

The victims have been identified as:

  • Pilot James McDowell, 51, of Georgetown, DE
  • Crew Member Teresa Ann Benhoff, 48, of Easton, DE
  • Passenger Lewis Katz, 72
  • Passenger Susan Asbell, 67, of Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Marcella Dalsey, 59, of Williamstown, NJ
  • Ann Leeds of Longport, NJ

There were seven people on board the Gulfstream IV that crashed on takeoff Saturday night out of Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA. The private plane was headed to Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey.

The 911 calls following the crash were released Monday by Bedford Police.

NTSB Aviation Investigator Luke Shiada told the media Sunday the investigation is focused on finding the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, to understand the sequence of events leading up to the crash. They will also be reviewing video from Hanscom.

Seven individuals were on board the plane when it crashed on takeoff around 9:40 p.m. Saturday night. They included two flight crew members, one pilot and four passengers.

A preliminary report on the crash of the initial factual information gathered in these initial stages of the investigation will be released by the NTSB in 10 days.

Another press briefing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday night.


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