UPDATE: Sean O'Keefe, Ted Stevens, Reported to Be On Downed Plane in Alaska

UPDATE: Sean O'Keefe, Ted Stevens, Reported to Be On Downed Plane in Alaska

UOPDATE: The New York Times reports that Mr. OKeefe and his son survived, and Mr. O’Keefe was one of three persons airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage.

UPDATE: The Associated Press cites Shannon O’Keefe as confirming that her brother and his son were on the plane but “their status was not immediately known.”

UPDATE: NASAWatch now identifies the son as Kevin rather than Jonathan.

UPDATE: Keith Cowing at NASAWatch reports that Mr. O’Keefe and his son Jonathan both survived but are “rather banged up/”

UPDATE: AP now is also reporting that Senator Stevens died, but similarly had no word on Mr. O’Keefe.

UPDATE: Anchorage Alaska’s CBS affiliate KTVA reports that it has confirmed that Senator Stevens was killed. No word on Mr. O’Keefe.

UPDATE: No news yet on who survived, but here are links to statements from the NTSB, Louisiana State University (where Mr. OKeefe was chancellor), and EADS North America (where he is CEO).

UPDATE: At the NASA NEO workshop, a NASA spokesman just announced that one of Sean O’Keefe’s sons also was on the plane. Still no word on who survived.

UPDATE: The Associated Press is citing a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman as saying that there were nine people on the plane and there are five fatalities and four survivors. The condition of Mr. O’Keefe and Sen. Stevens has not been reported yet.

The New York Times is reporting that former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe and former Senator Ted Stevens are believed to be among the eight passengers on a plane that crashed in southwest Alaska last night. The condition of the passengers is unknown, but the newspaper cites an Alaska National Guard spokesman as saying there may be fatalities. It also states that EADS North America, Mr. O’Keefe’s current employer, confirmed that he was on the plane.

This article will be updated as more information is obtained.

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