August 10, 2010 / 4:48 PM / 9 years ago

Former U.S. Sen. Stevens killed in crash-TV quoting friend

WASHINGTON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Former Republican U.S. Senator Ted Stevens was among those killed when a small plane crashed in Alaska on Monday night, local television station KTUU said on its website on Tuesday, quoting a longtime family friend.

KTUU quoted Dave Dittman, a former aide to the senator, as saying he was among the dead. There were conflicting reports about how many people were aboard the plane. Federal safety officials said early information indicated nine people were aboard and up to five were killed, while another source close to the matter said only eight were aboard and five were dead.

Reporting by Frances Kerry; Editing by Stacey Joyce

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