Former LSU Chancellor Sean O’Keefe has survived a plane crash in Alaska, Chancellor Michael Martin said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
“The LSU community is happy and relieved to learn that former Chancellor Sean O’Keefe and his son Kevin were found alive following their plane crash in Alaska,” Martin said. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to everyone affected by this tragic event, and we send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those lost in the crash.
Alaskan emergency response crews confirmed Tuesday afternoon that there had been four survivors of the crash, which killed five, including former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, R-AK.
A preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration said nine passengers were on the plane, which crashed near Dillingham, AK.
The agency’s report said two survivors have serious injuries and another two have minor ones.
O’Keefe is currently chief executive officer at EADS North America. A spokesman for EADS North America confirmed O’Keefe was on the plane.
O’Keefe was the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration before coming to LSU. He served as chancellor for nearly three years before resigning on Jan. 16, 2008.
“The LSU community is deeply concerned about Sean and his family at this difficult time of uncertainty,” Chancellor Michael Martin said in a statement issued Monday morning. “Sean is a valued member of the LSU family and our thoughts and prayers are with him. We also offer our prayers to everyone affected by this tragedy.”