O’Keefe, son survive Alaska plane crash

Update, August 11: Full details of the survivors and dead may be found in this Anchorage Daily News article. This article also has a description of events leading to the crash and rescue.

The Mobile Press-Register spoke with hospital officials Tuesday night, who reported Sean O’Keefe in critical condition with a broken pelvis and other injuries. His son, Kevin, had a broken leg and other injuries and is reported in serious condition. This story is here.

Original Post:

ARLINGTON, Va. – Aug. 10, 2010 – EADS North America has been informed that
company Chief Executive Officer Sean O’Keefe survived the Alaska aircraft accident
that tragically took the lives of five individuals. Chairman Ralph D. Crosby, Jr. issued
the following statement:
“It was with a great sense of relief and gratitude that we learned that Sean, and his son,
Kevin, survived the aircraft crash in Alaska. We extend our deepest sympathy to the
families of those less fortunate in this terrible accident.
“We owe a debt of gratitude for the heroic efforts of the members of the rescue crew
and others who rushed to the scene. We look forward to Sean’s full recovery and his
rapid return to EADS North America.”

Personal Note:

We have, in the course of our work, met and interviewed Sean O’Keefe on several occasions. He is one of the nicest guys in this business and we are relieved at this good news. We have not heard about the extent of his injuries, or those of his son. We hope that these are limited, as with the other two survivors. It is a tragedy that five people did not survive.

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