Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens Dies In Plane Crash

Authorities and family are now confirming that former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash in Alaska:

(CNN) — Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash near Dillingham, Alaska, a source familiar with ongoing rescue efforts confirms to CNN.

The private plane carrying Stevens and a former head of NASA crashed Monday night in a rugged stretch of Alaska. The crash left at least five people dead, but at least three survivors.

Stevens represented Alaska in the Senate for 40 years and had previously been involved in the efforts to make Alaska a state while he worked in Washington at the Department of the Interior during the Eisenhower Administration. He lost re-election in 2008 after being convicted on multiple charges of failing to properly report gifts given to him while he was in office. That conviction was voided in 2009 after evidence of prosecutorial misconduct were brought to light.

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