Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe are believed to have been aboard a plane that crashed in southwest Alaska last night, according to the Associated Press.
O’Keefe is chief executive officer of defense contractor EADS North America. EADS told the AP that O’Keefe was on board the plane. Friends of Stevens think he was a passenger as well, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The Alaska National Guard said there are possible fatalities in the crash, but Stevens’ and O’Keefe’s conditions are currently unknown.
UPDATE: The National Transportation Safety Board says nine people were aboard, and five of them are dead. Still no word on Stevens and O’Keefe.
UPDATE 2: CNN reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. that Stevens is one of the five passengers who were killed.