Ex-senator Ted Stevens was believed to be one of the passengers of the plane which crashed in about 10 miles northwest of Aleknagik, Alaska. The incident happened 8 p.m. local time (0400 GMT) according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. EADS North America spokesman Guy Hicks said in a statement that local authorities are reporting that there are survivors and a rescue operation is under way. It is not just sure if the former senator is one of them.
Among other passengers in the plane crash is the head of plane manufacturer EADS North American unit, Sean O’Keefe. 50 percent of the passengers died in the crash and rescuers were having a hard time in their operations because of the bad weather. The former senator was on a fishing trip in Alaska with former members of his staff and their family. The plane either crashed by a lake or into the water.
Sean O’Keefe was appointed Secretary of the Navy in July 1992 by President George Bush and served as EADS North America’s Chief Executive Officer on November 1, 2009. He previously served as a corporate officer of the General Electric Company in the Technology Infrastructure sector, leading the Washington operations of the GE Aviation business.
Stevens was first appointed to the Senate in 1968 to fill the seat vacated by the death of Democratic Sen. Bob Bartlett. He won the seat in a special 1970 election and was repeatedly re-elected by wide margins. His name is being linked to the “Bridge to Nowhere,” which became a symbol of out-of-control “pork barrel” spending. He became one of the most powerful Republicans, including head of the key Senate Appropriations Committee.
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