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