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Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dies in plane crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Flying conditions can become treacherous quickly in Alaska during August, and authorities there have been dealing with a pair of crashes in the past couple days.

Sunday, a sightseeing plane went down on a glacier about 40 miles northeast of Anchorage, stranding five people. Monday night, another plane crashed into a mountainside with nine aboard. Five were killed, including former Sen. Ted Stevens.

An Alaska National Guard spokesman says a helicopter has plucked three stranded sightseers from Knik glacier northeast of Anchorage. That leaves nine people still stuck, including seven guardsmen who have been part of the rescue effort.

Meanwhile, four plane crash survivors from the crash that killed former Sen. Stevens are being treated at an Anchorage hospital with "varying degrees of injuries" after spending Monday night on a remote mountainside in the care of a doctor and two EMTs.

Survivors include former NASA chief Sean O'Keefe and his teenage son. The elder O'Keefe is listed in critical condition.


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