Dillingham - (RIP Mess): Alaska's near defunct Corrupt Bastards Club is in mourning today following the news that Ted Stevens was one of five fatalities in a downed DeHavilland DHC-3T accident.
Stevens, 86, the longest serving Republican in the history of the Senate, was on a fishing trip with ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe who along with his teenage son survived the crash.
The men had been on board last night's doomed flight which went down near Dillingham, 500 miles southwest of Anchorage killing five and seriously injuring four.
Stevens, once dubbed the US Senate's 'King of Pork' because of his notorious 'pork belly' spending including the $450 million 'Bridge to Nowehere', was previously one of only two survivors of a 1978 Anchorage International Airport plane crash which killed his first wife Ann.
The airport was subsequently renamed after him in recognition of his public service as a United States senator.
That illustrious career was eventually shot down by the Alaskan Corrupt Bastards Club scandal which lead to his 2009 resignation over graft, bribery and corruption.
The charges were part of the Veco oil services industry scam that saw dozens of local Alaskan politicians and oil workers jailed.
O'Keefe and his son were airlifted to hospital where their injuries are said not to be life threatening.
A former NASA CEO the George W Bush appointee had been in charge during the Columbia space shuttle disaster that resulted in the deaths of seven astronauts.
Currently he is CEO of US defence contractor EADS North America following a four year stint as George W Bush's NASA appointee.
The search for survivors of the plane crash continues.