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NTSB finds 'black box' after Hanscom crash

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BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) - Officials at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford spent Monday combing through the wreckage of a Gulfstream jet that crashed Saturday night.

Shortly after a 5 p.m. news conference, it was announced that investigators had found the 'black box' of the jet inside the charred wreckage.

NTSB spokesman Luke Schiada said crews were having trouble accessing the wreckage due to its location at the bottom of a water-filled gully 2,000 feet past the end of the runway.

The first up-close pictures of the scene showed the complete destruction of the plane. Investigators also found the flight data recorder in the wreckage and said they hoped the recorders would give some indication about the plane's last moments.

Monday afternoon, crews also released 911 calls from neighbors who heard and saw the explosion.

“Something just exploded at the end of Fayette, it was a big boom it shook the house,” one woman said to a dispatcher.

Six of the seven people on the plane were identified and included co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer Lewis Katz, Anne Leeds, a 74-year-old retired preschool teacher he had invited to accompany him, and Marcella Dalsey, the director of Katz's son's foundation. The fourth passenger, Susan Asbell, 67, was the wife of former Camden County, New Jersey prosecutor Sam Asbell.

The crew was Bauke de Vries of Marlton, New Jersey, flight attendant Teresa Benhoff of Easton, Maryland and 51-year-old James McDowell of Georgetown, Delaware, who was the co-pilot.

The NTSB will hold their final news briefing on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and it will be streamed live on WHDH.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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