2:30 pm update- CNN now reporting former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens was one of 5 killed in last night’s plane crash.

Breaking story out of Alaska this morning.

NASA former head Sean O’Keefe and son Kevin were also on board; they are injured but expected to survive.


The Anchorage Daily News is reporting that a small plane carrying at least eight people, possibly including former Sen. Ted Stevens, crashed last night near Dillingham, Alaska.

From ADN:


Severe weather has hampered the rescue operation for eight people believed to be on board a GCI-owned aircraft that crashed near Dillingham on Monday night with possible fatalities, according to state and federal officials.

The Alaska Air National Guard was called to the area about 20 miles north of Dillingham at about 7 p.m. after a passing aircraft saw the wreckage, spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said. Eight people were reported to be on board the aircraft, though their status wasn’t immediately known, he said. There were possible fatalities, he said.

This is not the first plane crash Stevens has been in; he survived a crash in 1978 that killed his wife Ann.

ABC’s GMA had a story about the crash this morning.

NPR also has the story, with a link to local NBC affiliate KTUU.

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