Former GOP Senator Ted Stevens was among five people who died in a plane crash on Monday. The 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter was found on brushy and rocky mountainside 17 miles north of Dillingham, Alaska. The plane had nine people on board when it crashed. Four Good Samaritan volunteers were able to help the four survivors of the crash survive the night until the National Guard could reach the site. The four survivors of the crash were conscious and able to speak when help reached them. The survivors were former NASA chief Sean O’ Keefe, who is currently in critical condition, O’Keefe’s son, Kevin, William “Willy” Philips Jr., age 13, and Jim Morhard, former Stevens” aide and lobbyist. The survivors were taken to Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.
Along with Stevens, the other four people who perished in the crash were pilot Teron “Terry” Smith, Dena Tindall, senior vice president for the Alaska telecommunications company GCI, her 16-year-old daughter Corey Tindall, and William “Bill” Phillips Sr., Stevens’ former chief of staff and lobbyist. Stevens was with former members of his staff and their families travelling on a GCI registered plane from a GCI company lodge on Nerka Lake to another fishing camp when the plane crashed.