Six others perished in the Hanscom Field jet crash that killed Lewis Katz, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Saturday. Two pilots and a cabin attendant died, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
UPDATE: According to the AP, the flight crew killed in the fiery crash of Katz’s small plane had worked together for a decade, and included a pilot who once survived a fatal crash.
Spouses confirmed the deaths of co-pilot Bauke ‘‘Mike’’ de Vries of Marlton, New Jersey, and flight attendant Teresa Benhoff of Easton, Maryland.
Shelly de Vries says her husband was once a passenger in a crash that killed another pilot.
Massachusetts authorities have identified the co-pilot as 51-year-old James McDowell of Georgetown, Delaware. His family is declining to comment.
Relatives say all had worked for Katz at least 10 years.
The three other passengers, all from South Jersey, were friends of Katz. Here’s a glimpse at who they were.
Marcella M. Dalsey, 59, of Haddonfield: According to philly.com, she was the executive director of the Drew A. Katz Foundation and president of the KATZ Academy Charter School, which she cofounded with Lewis Katz in 2012.
Dalsey, a mother of four, worked in real estate investment before getting involved with nonprofits.
She also worked at Interstate Outdoor Advertising, a Cherry Hill billboard company founded by Katz.
"She had such a passion for the work," said Bernadette Shanahan, executive director of the Boys Girls Club of Camden County, where Dalsey served on the strategic planning committee, to philly.com.
Susan K. Asbell, 68, of Cherry Hill and Margate: She was a member of the planning committee of the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County.
Asbell had two children and was married to former Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell.
"Susan twisted the arms of every major supermarket, every catering facility to produce free food, and organized friends from synagogues and churches to heat and serve it," said Ron Dubrow, a South Jersey accountant who was a good friend of both Lewis Katz and Asbell's, to philly.com.
Anne B. Leeds, 74, of Longport: She lived right across the street from Katz and according to philly.com, was a longtime friend of his.
She was retired, but had been a preschool teacher for 25 years at St. David’s Nursery School in Wayne.
James Leeds, her husband, is a Longport commissioner.
"Over the years, they had taken a lot of trips together; we really didn't even know where she was going yesterday," said Ted Leeds, her son, to philly.com. "She was a good mother and grandmother, devoted to her family."