Former Senator Ted Stevens In Plane Crash That Killed Five
Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was one of nine people on board a plane that crashed in a remote area of Alaska overnight.
Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was one of nine people on board a plane that crashed in a remote area of Alaska overnight:
Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was on board the plane that crashed Monday night in southwest Alaska. It was not immediately clear whether he survived.
Five of the nine people died in the plane crash, and rescue crews were trying to reach the wreckage early Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.
Defense contractor EADS North America said that former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe was a passenger on the plane. O’Keefe is the current CEO of the U.S.-based division of the European company and was in charge of NASA from 2001 to 2005. His condition was unknown.
Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said the Guard was called to the area about 20 miles north of Dillingham at about 7 p.m. Monday after a passing aircraft saw the downed plane.
State and federal officials say severe weather has hampered the rescue operation.
The plane was a single-engine otter, dating back to 1957. The NTSB said it had been retrofitted with a turboprop engine.
Commuting on such small engine planes are a norm for Alaskans. Stevens survived another similar crash on Dec. 4, 1978, when a Learjet carrying Stevens and his wife crashed at Anchorage International Airport, killing five people. Stevens’ wife Ann, was killed.
Hayes says about five good Samaritans were on scene early Tuesday helping the crash victims. He says he was told by Alaska State Troopers that there were “eight or nine” people on board, though a spokeswoman for the troopers, Megan Peters, refused to comment.
Hopefully, Stevens will turn out to be fine but the prospects don’t seem to be all that great at the moment.