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Former Governor Ed Rendell passed on traveling on doomed jet

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 2, 2014 5:05 AM
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(Undated) -- Federal transportation investigators have begun piecing together clues about what went wrong during the attempted takeoff of a Gulfstream jet that crashed and killed all seven people on board, including Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz. 

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Luke Schiada says investigators are searching for the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from Saturday's crash at Hanscom Field outside Boston.

He says they'll review the pilots' experience and the aircraft's maintenance history.

Former Governor Ed Rendell says Katz invited him on the doomed flight that crashed, killing seven.

Rendell says Katz tried to persuade him Friday to attend an event at historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's Massachusetts home, but Rendell had another commitment.

The 72-year-old Katz and six others were returning home to New Jersey.

Rendell says Katz died at "maybe the high point of his life.''

He says Katz was thrilled after he and a partner won an $88 million auction for the Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

Rendell says he's flown on Katz's plane frequently since leaving office in 2011 and notes Katz's two pilots "maintained the plane like it was their lives and deaths.''

The wife of a former New Jersey prosecutor is among the seven people who died in the crash.  

Sixty-eight-year-old Susan K. Asbell was identified Sunday as being in the corporate jet that went down on takeoff. She's the wife of former Camden County, New Jersey, prosecutor Sam Asbell. 

Also killed was a next-door neighbor of Katz's, Anne Leeds, a 74-year-old retired preschool teacher, and Marcella Dalsey, the director of Katz's son's foundation.

The other victims' identities have not been released. 

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