Posted by | August 10, 2010 12:42 | Filed under: Top Stories

Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was killed in a plane crash in southern Alaska Monday night.

The crash occurred about 320 miles southwest of Anchorage at 8 p.m. Alaska Daylight time, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

Mr. Stevens, 86, was flying to a fishing lodge near Lake Aleknagik, according to The Anchorage Daily News.

Former NASA head Sean O’Keefe was also aboard the small plane.

The rugged wilds of Alaska can be a very dangerous place to fly over in small planes, which many do. Iconic social commentator and comedian Will Rogers died in a plane crash there in 1935, as did Louisiana Democrat Thomas Hale Boggs Sr., then the House Majority Leader.

The plane carrying Boggs, the father of longtime broadcast commentator Cokie Roberts, disappeared there in 1972 enroute from Anchorage to Juneau to a campaign fundraiser and was never found.

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