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Ex-Alaska Senator Dies in Plane Crash

Former Republican U.S. Senator Ted Stevens dies in a plane crash in southern Alaska.

(Article updated with information on Senator Ted Steven's death in the Alaska plane crash.)



) -- Former Republican U.S. Senator Ted Stevens has been confirmed as among the five people who were killed in a plane crash in southern Alaska last night.

Nine people are believed to have been on the plane, including former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who is the CEO of the defense contractor EADS North America.

The plane was flying to Agulowak Lodge in Alaska, but crashed about 320 miles southwest of Anchorage. The DeHavilland DHC-3T aircraft is owned by

General Communication


, the Alaskan telecommunications provider.

This photo from John Olafson shows an aircraft with tail number N455A, the same tail number of the aircraft that crashed in Alaska last night.

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A team of investigators and rescuers had a hard time getting to the site due to bad weather.

Mr. Stevens served in Congress for 60 years, and was the longest-serving Republican senator. In 2008 he was convicted on ethics charges and lost his bid for a seventh term.

Former Senator Ted Stevens

In 1978, Stevens and his first wife survived a plane crash in Anchorage that killed five people.

Reports are still being released about the crash.

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