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Former Sen. Ted Stevens was killed in a plane crash southwest of Anchorage Monday night, a spokesman for the family told Fox News.

Mitch Rose, Stevens' former chief of staff, said the 86-year-old veteran lawmaker was among the dead on the plane said to be carrying nine people. Stevens' former counsel, Ken Nahigian, confirmed to Fox News earlier Tuesday that the former senator was on the flight.

Officials have not yet publicly released the identities of those injured or killed.

The rescuers on scene were "administering help to at least two people and "working to get those people out as soon as possible," the Guard said. Rescuers from the Alaska Air National Guard said they were able to reach the crash site by helicopter Tuesday morning and are "currently providing medical support to the crash victims at the scene."

Former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe also was on the flight, according to defense contractor EADS North America. O'Keefe is the current chief executive of the U.S.-based division of the European firm.

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The NTSB said rescuers at the scene reported five deaths.

O'Keefe and Stevens were said to be traveling with their sons.

Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said the Guard was called to the area about 20 miles north of Dillingham at about 7 p.m. Monday after a passing aircraft saw the wreckage.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, the plane was registered to Anchorage-based communications company GCI -- the firm owns the Agulowak Lodge where Stevens was traveling Monday.

State and federal officials say severe weather is hampering the rescue operation. Hayes said about five good Samaritans were on scene early Tuesday helping the crash victims.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said based on the usual weather conditions in the area, rescuers "have their work cut out for them."

"The rescue efforts are extremely challenging, very very difficult," Palin told Fox News. "You've got to hope for the best and pray for these rescuers that they don't hit such adverse conditions that they too become part of the problem, and that's quite typical in Alaska too."

Palin called Stevens, who is a World War II veteran, a "warrior" and "an Alaskan hero" who has "dedicated his life to his country."

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a brief statement on the crash Tuesday asking Alaskans to "join me in prayer for all those aboard the aircraft and their families."

Stevens' family also issued a statement.

"The Ted Stevens family offers their prayers for all those on board and for their families," the family said. "We thank the brave men and women who are working to reach the site. We continue to work with the Alaska National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers. We thank everyone for their support and prayers."

Stevens left office at the beginning of 2009 after losing to Democrat Mark Begich in an election that coincided with Stevens' high-profile corruption trial. The case took several twists and turns -- Stevens was convicted on seven charges just days before the election, but Attorney General Eric Holder dropped the charges last April citing prosecutorial misconduct. The former senator had been accused of lying on a disclosure form to hide gifts from an oil company executive.

Stevens suggested afterward that he might have won re-election if not for the "unfair" case against him. Despite calls for a do-over election at the time, Begich stayed in the seat and Stevens returned to private life.

The senator served more than 40 years in office and took on a patriarchal role for his state, leveraging his seniority to win large sums of federal funding for Alaska projects. The airport in Anchorage is named after Stevens.

The state has a history of lawmakers and their families involved in plane crashes. Stevens lost his first wife in a plane crash which he survived. Begich's father, former Rep. Nick Begich, also was killed in an Alaska plane crash along with House Majority Leader Hale Boggs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Weird. She seems way out of your age range. Of course, maybe it the whole intelligence of an eleven year old thing that has you white knighting for her.

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Lmao at pd trying to diss a woman who's smarter, extremely more accomplished, better looking, and happier than he.

smarter? cmon son.

more accomplished at what? being a quitter, then yea she is.

better looking? sorry pp, but you lose that one

Happier? i doubt it. PP seems like one of the happiest dudes on here.

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Lmao at pd trying to diss a woman who's smarter, extremely more accomplished, better looking, and happier than he.

You sure told me, white knight. You sure told me.

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Lmao at pd trying to diss a woman who's smarter, extremely more accomplished, better looking, and happier than he.

You sure told me, white knight. You sure told me.

White_Knight.jpg

Lmao at pd trying to diss a woman who's smarter, extremely more accomplished, better looking, and happier than he.

You sure told me, white knight. You sure told me.

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Is that more of your pedophile "code talk?" :mellow:

You know what Freud would say about all your references to pedophiles, right? He'd say you were a pedophile subconsciously suppressing your feelings of sexuality for children while outwardly projecting your feelings of shame and inadequacy towards others. Just sayin

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You know what Freud would say about all your references to pedophiles, right? He'd say you were a pedophile subconsciously suppressing your feelings of sexuality for children while outwardly projecting your feelings of shame and inadequacy towards others. Just sayin

Except we don't go to NAMBLA's website/forum in our spare time.

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You know what Freud would say about all your references to pedophiles, right? He'd say you were a pedophile subconsciously suppressing your feelings of sexuality for children while outwardly projecting your feelings of shame and inadequacy towards others. Just sayin

Did you learn that from your therapist? After all, YOU are the one who visits those boards.

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