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Since Sean O'Keefe the former head of -- a former NASA spokesman says O'Keefe and his teenage son escaped with injuries including broken bones.
Sean O'Keefe was actually a very good friend of Ted Stevens who accompanied him on fishing trips.
And O'Keefe is pretty well known in his own right he served as if that -- tenth administrator from 2001205.
-- was all on the job when shuttle Columbia broke up during reentry over the state of Texas.
He said at the time the loss of this valued crew is something we will never be able to get over.
O'Keefe also served as the chief financial officer of the -- of the Defense Department.
President Bush 41 appointed -- secretary of the navy.
In his post NASA career O'Keefe was chancellor of Louisiana State University before becoming the CEO of the North American branch of a major European defense company.
Team fox coverage continues even -- -- Anita that defense company had released a statement about O'Keefe.
They did Shepperd we did receive the following statement from.
It was with a great sense of relief and gratitude that we learned that shot and his son -- survived the aircraft crash in Alaska.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the families less fortunate and it's terrible accident.
And the company went on to say they -- a great debt of gratitude for the heroic efforts.
The members of the search crews and rescue crews who rushed to the scene and of course they look forward to John's full recovery and his rapid return to work shepherd.
But let me explain how senator Stevens and and -- wound up to be such good friends.
Yes very interesting and we're good friends that again this was a fishing trip they were on their way to a private lodge in the last that they had Shana Keith.
A college age son Kevin with them we know the -- years ago when -- -- I was a staffer for an eight year period.
I'm Ted Stevens senate Appropriations Committee.
They really remain good friends over the years and Stephen Colbert told colleagues.
He even considered -- -- quote one of the closest friends I have in the world.
He went on to praise -- -- integrity complete honesty and openness and -- as you -- at the top of the broadcast we know that.
Both of them suffered from broken bones and other unspecified injuries and we're learning tonight that Kevin O'Keefe Sean son.
He's in serious condition at Providence Alaska medical center at Anchorage we also believe that Sean -- is at another hospital in Anchorage.
But we don't know his condition at this time -- Anita Vogel live in Los Angeles -- complete list of people on board the plane has not been released but we do know former senator Ted Stevens did today at the age of 86.
Much more in his long and sometimes complicated political career is fox reports tonight but.
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