August 12, 2010
Autopsies also were expected to be completed by the end of the day Wednesday, CNN reported.
Nine people were on board the amphibious DeHavilland DCH-Z3T Otter when it crashed Monday night near Dillingham while en route to a fishing resort.
Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers
The cause of the crash hadn't been determined by late Tuesday, but Maj. Guy Hayes of the Alaska National Guard said weather will be considered a factor.
"Poor weather always remains a factor when you are out here ... weather can change drastically," Hayes told CNN.
The other fatalities were pilot Theron Smith, 62, of Eagle River, Alaska, lobbyist William Phillips Sr. of the Washington area and GCI executive Dana Tindall, 48, and her daughter Corey Tindall, 16, both of Anchorage, Alaska.
The injured were identified as William Phillips Jr., 13, the son of Bill Phillips Sr.; Sean O'Keefe, 54, his son, Kevin, and lobbyist Jim Morhard of Alexandria, Va.
Pilots flying over the crash site said the plane flew into the side of the mountain and skidded about 200 feet, CNN reported.
A National Transportation Safety Board team arrived in Anchorage Tuesday to begin an investigation, the Anchorage Daily News reported. During a briefing about the crash, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said the plane was on the mountain for several hours before it was noticed missing.
Maj. Gen. Tom Katkus, Alaska National Guard commander, said the plane didn't send an automatic locator signal when it crashed, but could not offer a reason why.
Stevens, 86, was the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate's history and a champion for Alaska.
"Though small of stature, Ted Stevens seemed larger than life. For he built Alaska. And stood for Alaska. And he fought for Alaskans," Gov. Sean Parnell said. "How can we summarize six decades of service?"
President Obama extended his condolences to the families, including that of Stevens, who flew in support of the Flying Tigers in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
"A decorated World War II veteran, Sen. Ted Stevens devoted his career to serving the people of Alaska and fighting for our men and women in uniform," Obama said in a statement.
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