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Alaska crash survivor returns to work

Two and a half months after surviving the crash of a small vintage plane that killed five people, Sean O'Keefe returned to work on Monday as the chief executive of the U.S. unit of European aerospace company EADS.

O'Keefe, still sporting a neck brace and protective cast on his foot, said in a Web posting that he was at "75 percent strength," but eager to get back to work.

O'Keefe, 54, a former NASA administrator and former Navy secretary, and his son, Kevin, 19, were among four people who survived a plane crash on Aug. 9 near Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska that killed former Senator Ted Stevens and four others. The survivors were all from the Washington area and also included lobbyist Jim Morhard, 54, of Arlington County, and William "Willy" Phillips Jr., of Germantown.

"Still several hurdles to overcome, braces and casts to jettison, and weeks, if not months of therapy yet to accomplish," O'Keefe said on the website. "But getting back to work will surely help speed that process along!"

In addition to Stevens, 86, others who died in the crash were William "Bill" Phillips Sr., 56, a prominent Washington lobbyist; and three Alaskans: pilot Theron "Terry" Smith, 62; Dana Tindall, 48, an executive with the company that owned the plane; and her daughter, Corey Tindall, 16.

-- Reuters

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By Michael Bolden  | October 18, 2010; 7:14 PM ET
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