Small jet crashes in Minnesota; 8 killed

A small jet crashed Thursday while preparing to land at a regional airport in Minnesota, killing eight people, including several casino and construction executives. Officials had feared a ninth person may have been on board the Hawker 800, which went down at the airport about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Minneapolis, but Department of Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville said it was later determined that that person wasn't on the plane. Seven people were dead at the scene. One died later at a hospital. Severe weather had been moving through southern Minnesota in the hours before the crash, but witnesses and the National Weather Service said the storms were subsiding and it wasn't immediately clear if they were a factor. Atlantic City Mayor Scott Evans told The Associated Press that those on board the flight from New Jersey included two high-ranking executives from Revel Entertainment, which is building a $2 billion hotel-casino project in Atlantic City, and several employees of Tishman Construction. He didn't know their identities, but said Revel CEO Kevin DeSanctis was not on board. Tishman is helping with the Revel project, a company spokesman said. Revel spokeswoman Lauren Avellino Turton confirmed in a written statement that several of the company's employees were killed aboard a plane that was chartered by Revel Entertainment.