Former Alaska US Senator Ted Stevens & Four Others Killed in Plane Crash near Dillingham, AK


Former Alaska US Senator Ted Stevens and four others were killed in a plane crash Monday when their DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter crashed near Dillingham, Alaska. Ted Stevens served as the US Senator from Alaska from 1968 to 2009. Ted Stevens was the longest serving Republican senator in history  Four others of the nine passengers aboard the flight were killed as well,  Terry Smith, 62, of Eagle River, Bill Phillips, Sr., Dana Tindall, 48 of Anchorage and her daughter, Corey Tindall, 16.

Former Sen. Ted Stevens and four other people were killed in a plane crash Monday.

Five of the nine passengers of a DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter were killed. Alaska State Troopers identified all of the victims in the crash Tuesday afternoon.

Dead are Stevens, the plane’s pilot Terry Smith, 62, of Eagle River, Bill Phillips, Sr., Dana Tindall, 48 of Anchorage and her daughter, Corey Tindall, 16.

The four survivors were transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage with varying degrees of injuries – they are William Phillips, Jr., 13,former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe, 54, his son Kevin O’Keefe, and Jim Morhard of Alexandria, Va.

Initial reports from Alaska from people who had arrived on the scene reported the plane flew into the side of the mountain and skidded about 200 feet. They didn’t believe anyone had survived.

National Guard statement on crash near Dillingham.

The Alaska Air National Guard is responding to a plane crash 17-miles north of Dillingham that occurred Monday night.

The Air Force 11th Rescue Coordination Center, manned by Alaska National Guardsmen, was contacted by Dillingham Flight Service after a Good Samaritan spotted a downed aircraft around 7 p.m.

The Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were alerted and are currently battling inclement weather en-route to the scene. They are expected to arrive at the plane crash site sometime after midnight.

Posted August 10, 2010 by
Deceased, Plane Crash, Senate | 4 comments

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    4 Responses to “Former Alaska US Senator Ted Stevens & Four Others Killed in Plane Crash near Dillingham, AK”

    1. akmom on August 10th, 2010 7:09 pm

      Rest well, “Uncle Ted”, you loved our state and served her well…..

    2. Dolf on August 12th, 2010 6:57 am

      wasn’t he under the investigation of corruption charges?
      SM: Dolf, you might want to actually read up on the so-called corruption charges that were reversed.

      US District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the prosecutors’ misconduct during the trial was the most serious he had ever seen.

      “In nearly 25 years on the bench, I’ve never seen anything approaching the mishandling and misconduct that I’ve seen in this case,” he said.

      Prosecutors made a number of errors during the trial, justice department officials said, the chief among which was the failure to make available notes of a crucial interview in which a witness made a statement that contradicted evidence he gave later under oath.

      Justice Sullivan has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the justice department’s trial team for possible criminal contempt charges.

      “I always knew that there would be a day when the cloud that surrounded me would be removed,” Mr Stevens said in a statement.

      “That day has finally come. It is unfortunate that an election was affected by proceedings now recognised as unfair.”

    3. Dolf on August 12th, 2010 8:42 am

      k, thanks for the answer.
      but he wasn’t cleared, the prosecution made errors. It doesn’t state that he was innocent.

      this would be a mis trial right?

    4. Lou on September 16th, 2010 4:00 pm

      “It doesn’t state that he was innocent”

      Sir in this day and age we should KNOW the ONLY time a prominent politician, especially one of Senator Stevens quality, is prosecuted is because he either knows or is doing something the rest of the corrupt pols in DC do not like.

      While Senator Stevens was supposedly receiving a free coat of paint DC was colluding to steal TRILLIONS of dollars with the sub prime scam. Congressman Frank, Senator Dodd, Senator Graham, Mister Raines and dozens of other prominent DC criminals, never to be indited, conspired to defraud the people of this country out of their money, home values, retirement funds and in many cases lives.

      My guess is Senator Stevens was making noise about the crime in the Gulf of Mexico, which involves oil. Like Matt Simmons before him, another expert on oil, Senator Stevens had to be silenced.

      Why do good men, especially US Senators, always die in “plane crashes”? When will a bush or klinton ever die in an airplane?

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