Philly paper owner's jet never lifted off runway

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Associated Press

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 4:02 PM

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says data from flight recorders indicate the jet that crashed over the weekend in Massachusetts in which Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was killed reached a speed of 165 knots (190 mph) and never lifted off from the runway.

NTSB investigator Luke Schiada said Tuesday one of the recovered black boxes also recorded conversations inside the cockpit, but they will be analyzed further before a transcript is released.

The Saturday night crash at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts killed Katz and six others on his private jet.

Schiada said data from the block boxes indicated a rise in brake pressure and the application of thrust reversers before the crash. Tire marks on the runway also suggest the pilot may have been trying to stop the plane.

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