DILLINGHAM (LALATE) – A possible Ted Stevens plane crash is being reported Tuesday. A plane crash believed carrying Ted Stevens, former U.S. Senator, is being reported by Anchorage Daily News. The plane is a 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter.
Ted Stevens is not reported dead, but there are reported fatalities and survivors, says persons near the plane crash site. The death toll is not indicated as of 5 am PST.
Stevens has yet to be confirmed as a passenger. The Alaska National Guard says the plane was owned by GCI. The Alaska National Guard says there were fatalities on board. Alaska news reports sources indicating Stevens was traveling on the plane that night to lodge owned by GCI.
State and federal officials report 8 passengers were on board. The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a GO Team to investigate, reports the Anchorage Daily news. Five good Samaritans are reportedly on scene helping the crash victims. Sources tell the paper “From what I’m told, there are survivors on this aircraft. I don’t know how many could be fatalities at this point.”
Local news trying to reach Stevens’ daughter, Susan Covich, got no answer; his son Ben in Anchorage could not be reached. GCI provides telephone and similar service in Alaska.