O’Keefe Still in Hospital Following Plane Crash

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EADS North America Chief Executive and former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe remained hospitalized 10 days after sustaining broken bones and lacerations in an Aug. 9 plane crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and four others aboard.

O’Keefe’s son Kevin, who also survived the crash, was released Aug. 17 from Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, in time to attend Stevens’ funeral at the Anchorage Baptist Temple the following day. O’Keefe and his son are among four who survived the crash of the 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter aircraft in rugged, mountainous terrain southwest of Anchorage.

O’Keefe, 54, “remains hospitalized, but is making steady progress toward recovery,” according to an Aug. 18 statement from family friend Paul Pastorek, who served as NASA general counsel under O’Keefe.