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Ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell passed on doomed jet


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis 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 on Saturday night when the plane crashed on takeoff.

Rendell says Katz died at “maybe the high point of his life.”

He says Katz was thrilled this week 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.

He says Katz’s two pilots “maintained the plane like it was their lives and deaths.”