7 people die when plane crashes near Massachusetts runway

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All seven people aboard a private jet that crashed in a wooded area in Bedford, Massachusetts, late Saturday have died, said Sharon Williams, director of Hanscom Field airport.

She did not give the names of the deceased.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane apparently caught fire, and photos appearing on social media purporting to be of the crash site show flames and smoke.

Fire department rescuers responded to the scene of the crash early Sunday.

The Gulfstream IV jet was taking off from Hanscom Air Force Base when it ran into a wooded area. Airport operations were shut down.

Hanscom Field is a joint military and civilian facility located approximately 20 miles outside of Boston.

The airport is regularly used by corporations for travel and also as a secondary airport to Boston’s Logan International Airport, according to the Hanscom’s website.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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