An update on the situation in Alaska where on Monday evening a small plane crashed that was carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens; former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe who went on to head aerospace company EADS North America, and seven others on a fishing trip.
The Alaska Air National Guard and Coast Guard report that a small rescue team was landed by helicopter at the crash site and was providing aid to the survivors.
Wire services are reporting that four of the nine people aboard the Otter aircraft survived. It's unclear what happened to Stevens and O'Keefe.
Here's the Alaska ANG news release:
CAMP DENALI, Alaska— The Alaska Air National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard are currently on-scene of a plane crash that occurred 17-miles north of Dillingham Monday night.
An Alaska Air National Guard 210th Rescue Squadron, HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter carrying 212th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen was able to land minutes ago and is currently providing medical support to the crash victims at the scene.
A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 is also providing support over head and will be available to take victims in need of serious medical support to Anchorage, once victims are transported to Dillingham.
The Air Force 11th Rescue Coordination Center, manned by Alaska National Guardsmen, was contacted by Dillingham Flight Service after a Good Samaritan spotted the downed aircraft around 7 p.m.
The plane was reportedly carrying nine passengers and there are potential fatalities.