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Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are pouring through the grim wreckage in the rugged Alaska wilderness.
Trying to find the cause of the plane crash that killed former senator Ted Stevens and four other people.
The weather at the time of the crash is one area investigators will look into -- and eight others were on a fishing trip when they experienced sudden fog and rain.
The plane slammed into a mountainside Dan Springer is live in Anchorage with more for -- hi Dan what are you learning about the crash.
Well the National Transportation Safety Board paddy is this stuff started their investigation and getting a lot of information from the first responders those people who heard about the crash and went out there does -- they -- it.
And then hike into the wreckage scene are learning more about the weather.
We're hearing more -- the time we now know that that plane took off from -- luxurious lodged.
In a mountains in the mountains -- -- Gillingham Alaska at around 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
And crashed into the mountainside.
At a -- 3:15.
At 6 o'clock about three hours after the crash.
I'll -- set the lodge called down to -- fishing camp to find out if the the plane had made it down there when they were coming back for dinner.
Found albeit not arrive.
And then sent out planes to help search for the wreckage they found it and then these good samaritans -- -- doctor paramedics and a pilot.
All got as close they could -- -- and then hike the rest of the way and they were critical in helping the four survivors of this plane crash they put a TARP over the up fuselage because they know it's a big completely ripped off we have some pictures.
That the state patrol put out last night about from that -- wreckage site.
They covered the victims with blankets keeping them dry -- -- was keeping them warm and dry because the weather was very cold -- thirty degrees.
-- rainy and windy the plane -- -- the mound.
-- all 300 feet of debris.
-- among the survivors Sean O'Keefe a fifty year old.
Former NASA chief and his son Kevin.
-- Sean is in critical condition here and Anchorage at a at a hospital and Kevin is in serious condition.
Another survivor -- more hard as a former -- budget Virginia a staffer of Stevens and a third year old boy who watched his father died.
And the NTSB is really just beginning their investigation.
What we can't say.
Is there -- some a lot of a lot of selfless.
Work that was done.
Last night and there are a lot of people.
-- find your skills.
And also I'm supporting those individuals who work.
I'm trapped on the hillside and obviously we don't know what would've happened if they had not been here.
We we -- thank the lord that they were there.
And of course by people were killed in that crash including former Alaska senator Ted Stevens and the the reaction is coming in from all over the political world flags are at half staff here in the state will remain down until Stephens is there and we still don't know funeral arrangements at the end.
Dan Springer live in Anchorage thank you the remarkable life than men and women founders of that -- fact that Sean O'Keefe lived now.
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