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Easton Families Mourn Mass. Plane Crash Victim

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Teresa Benhoff, 48, of Easton Teresa Benhoff, 48, of Easton

EASTON, Md. – The flight crew killed in the fiery crash of Lewis Katz, Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner's small plane, reportedly worked together for a decade, and two were from right here on Delmarva.

47 ABC sat down with the sister of one victim, Teresa Benhoff, 48, of Easton, Maryland, for an exclusive on-camera interview. She was with Benhoff's husband, Dan, along with other family members at Benhoff's Easton home, as they support each other through the tough time.

"At first I thought it wasn't possible, maybe they were mistaken, things like that just don't happen to people like that," says Donna Payne, Benhoff's older sister.

Payne and Benhoff were supposed to spend a girl's weekend in Ocean City, Maryland on Sunday and Monday. Instead, Payne is helping to plan her funeral.

"She's going to be missed, she's going to be missed greatly by her sister and her brother and her mom and I," says Payne. "So will her nieces and nephews, she thought the world of them."

Benhoff was one of the three crew members and four passengers killed in a plane crash in Massachusetts around 9:30 Saturday night. She was traveling with Katz, who family members say she worked with for 16 years as an employee at SK Travel, LLC. She was apparently also close with Katz' wife, before she passed away last year.

"She thought of her kind of like a grandmother. Mrs. Katz even came to her 40th birthday party that we had down here for her," says Payne. "My sister thought highly of the family and they thought a lot of her."

Payne says part of her sister's job as a personal travel assistant was to be discrete about his itinerary.

"She never boasted about where she went," says Payne.

Benhoff was reportedly on-call to travel with him. The chief pilot of Katz' private plane, James McDowell, of Georgetown, and Bauke "Mike" de Vries, 45, of Marlton, New Jersey also had similar roles.

"She flew with them for years," says Payne. "She never had any fears of going anywhere with them."

While the National Transportation Safety Board continues their investigation of the crash, Benhoff's family finds solace in the fact that she died doing what she loved.

"Unfortunately you've got to live everyday for what you've got and she did, that's the only saving grace that we have," says Payne. "She was a wonderful, wonderful person and she's going to be missed by many."

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