Sean O'Keefe, Flight Survivor
Sean O'Keefe, Flight SurvivorIt has been confirmed that former Alaskan Senator, Ted Stevens, is dead.
Stevens was one of the nine (although some new reports say it might have only been eight) people on a flight that went down last night outside Dillingham, Alaska. His body was discovered this morning.
Stevens' family was notified of his death earlier today, and the remaining four casualties have not yet been identified.
An anonymous official did report that ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe and his son, who was also on board, are both alive.
Reports say three survivors have been treated, which leaves one more person unaccounted for if there were nine people on board the ill-fated flight.
Stevens and O'Keefe were headed for a fishing lodge they frequented near Lake Aleknagik. While there is no official report from the NTSB, one source says low cloud cover could be to blame for the crash.
Senator Stevens served Alaska from 1968 until 2008, when he was narrowly beaten following corruption charges. He was the longest-serving Republican senator in history. Before surviving a plane crash in 1978 that took his wife's life, Stevens had a premonition that he would die in a crash. Which is more common in Alaska, given the rough terrain that can only be traversed via plane.
Stevens was 86 years old.
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