Former NASA administrator, Sean O'Keefe, and his teenage son, survived the Alaskan air plane crash that claimed the lives of former Sen. Ted Stevens and several others on a fishing trip.
Four people survived the crash while five died. The crash occurred Monday in a remote area near a private fishing site the traveling party was heading to.
O'Keefe, 54, now heads defense contractor EADS North America. EADS issued the following statement:
EADS North America has been informed that company Chief Executive Officer Sean O’Keefe survived the Alaska aircraft accident that tragically took the lives of five individuals.
Chairman Ralph D. Crosby, Jr. issued the following statement:
“It was with a great sense of relief and gratitude that we learned that Sean, and his son, Kevin, survived the aircraft crash in Alaska. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those less fortunate in this terrible accident.
“We owe a debt of gratitude for the heroic efforts of the members of the rescue crew and others who rushed to the scene. We look forward to Sean’s full recovery and his rapid return to EADS North America.”
After leaving NASA but before joining EADS, O'Keefe served as a chancellor at Louisiana State University.
An excerpt from an Associated Press reporter:
Glenn Mahone, a former NASA spokesman, said he had talked to O'Keefe's family on Tuesday.
"They are banged up pretty badly," Mahone said of O'Keefe and his son.
"There were some broken bones and scrapes," he said. "The important thing is they are both alive."