Probe Of Crash Underway

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 3:06pm

NTSB team working at site of crash that killed former Senator Ted Stevens.

Investigators are trying to piece together what caused the plane crash that killed five people, including former Senator Ted Stevens.

The De Havilland Otter carrying Stevens' fishing party slammed into a mountainside near Dillingham, Alaska Monday evening.

The plane remains mostly intact, but with severe damage to its front end.

There was no post crash fire and no passengers were ejected.

Of the nine people onboard, five were killed, including former Senator Stevens.

Among the survivors were Stevens' good friend, former NASA Director Sean O'Keefe and his teenage son Kevin.

At the crash site a National Transportation Safety Board crew is expected to begin the long process of analyzing the wreckage to determine what happened.

The group departed Monday afternoon from southwest Alaska heading for a fishing lodge 300 miles away.

The plane went down near Dillingham.

When they were overdue, private aircraft began a search and spotted the wreckage.

Four hours after the crash a small medical team made it to the site, then bad weather set in preventing a larger rescue team from getting there until the next day.

The survivors are now recovering at hospitals in Anchorage.

The others killed were the pilot, Theron Smith, and passengers William Phillips Senior, Dana Tindall and her 16-year-old daughter Corey.

The survivors, in addition to the O'Keefe's are William Phillips Junior, and Jim Morhard.

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