Updated August 10, 2010 at 3:09 PM CST
Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)–August 10, 2010. CNN News has reported that former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash that occurred Monday night in a rugged stretch of terrain near Dillingham, Alaska. The Senator’s former chief of staff Mitch Rose confirmed that the family has been notified.
The Federal Aviation Administration reported that eight or nine people were aboard the private plane when it crashed with five people dying and at least three people seriously injured. Sean O’Keefe, who formerly headed NASA, was also a passenger on the aircraft. NASA has reported that Mr. O’Keefe, along with his son Kevin, who was also aboard the plane, have survived the crash.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane crashed 10 miles northwest of Aleknagik about 8 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time.
Stevens, who served more time in the U.S. Senate than any Republican in history, was nicknamed ‘Uncle Ted’ and had a reputation as being one of the most effective of all pork-barrel lawmakers who funneled billions of federal dollars to Alaska.
Source: CNN News