Flight control panels used to lift off may have been locked in place on the Gulfstream jet carrying sports-franchise mogul Lewis Katz when it raced off a runway and crashed May 31, according to investigators.
This week’s notable deaths included a former owner of New Jersey sports teams who recently bought the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper; an ex-New York Yankees coach who spent 60 years in Major League Baseball; and a leading black investment banker on Wall Street. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.
Pilots on the Gulfstream IV jet carrying sports-franchise mogul Lewis Katz discussed a control issue with the aircraft just before their fatal attempt to take off from a Massachusetts runway last week, investigators said.
Lewis Katz, a parking, billboard and sports mogul who through the years owned the New Jersey Nets basketball team, New Jersey Devils hockey team and, most recently, the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, has died. He was 72.
The family of Gulfstream corporate jets, like the one that crashed last week killing sports- franchise mogul Lewis Katz, had an accident rate of less than half its peer group as investigators now try to determine how the plane skidded off a runway at a Massachusetts airport.
Owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who can’t agree on the firing of the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Bill Marimow, must wait for a judge’s decision on where to hear their lawsuits over the dispute as they disagree on the venue as well.
The owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News asked a judge to approve hiring a lawyer to investigate the “unauthorized recording” of a meeting held before the company entered bankruptcy.