Channel 2 is reporting Ted Stevens was killed in the Dillingham plane crash.
Posted: Aug 09, 2010 11:03 PM ADT Updated: Aug 10, 2010 8:17 AM ADT
by Channel 2 News staff
Monday, August 9, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Dave Dittman, a former aide and longtime family friend of former Sen. Ted Stevens says Stevens was killed in a plane crash near Dillingham Monday night. Nine people were on board, including former NASA Chief Sean O’Keefe. Five people were killed in the crash, but other identities were not known, nor are the conditions of the survivors.
Late through the night rescue crews were battling bad weather conditions to reach the scene, where Good Samaritan personnel had already made it, said Air National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes.
A military C-130 and a Pave Hawk helicopter were waiting in Dillingham for the weather to break and reached the site just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The Air Guard received the call about the crash 17 miles north of Dillingham at about 7:00 PM Monday night.
A woman who answered the phone at former State Sen. Ben Stevens’ home said they would not comment.
FAA records show the plane is registered to GCI.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a “Go-Team” from Washington D.C. early Tuesday morning to the crash site. An NTSB official said the team is responsible for investigating the most high profile, and catastrophic crashes.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Senator Stevens’ family and the families and friends of the other victims and survivors.
Rest in Peace Senator Ted Stevens.