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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 08/16/2010

Alaska crash survivor returning to Md.

By Washington Post editors

One of the four people who survived the plane crash that killed former Alaska senator Ted Stevens and four others has been released from the hospital and is on his way home to Maryland.

Willy Phillips Jr., 13, was released Sunday, a Providence Alaska Medical Center spokeswoman said. Willy is the son of lobbyist William Phillips of Germantown, who died in the Aug. 9 crash.

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Others killed included pilot Theron "Terry" Smith, 62; Dana Tindall, 48, an executive with the company that owned the plane; and her daughter, Corey Tindall, 16.

Lobbyist Jim Morhard of Arlington remained hospitalized in fair condition. Spokeswoman Kirsten Schultz said the family of the other two survivors, former NASA chief Sean O'Keefe and his son Kevin, has asked that no information about his their conditions be released.

Janet Phillips, Willy's mother, released a statement Sunday expressing the family's appreciation for the support they have received:

As our family prepares to return home to Maryland, we wish to thank the many kind people of Alaska who comforted us during this painful time.
First, we express our gratitude to the first responders to the crash, the Alaska Air National Guard, the Alaska State Troopers, and all of those who were involved in the search and rescue activities for their professionalism, their heroism and their kindness.
Thank you to everyone at the Children’s Hospital at Providence, including the wonderful team of doctors, nurses and staff, who have been extremely kind to Willy and our family members this past week.
We especially want to thank Bill’s longtime colleagues Ron Duncan and Greg Chapados, as well as the entire GCI family for their support, ongoing assistance and concern.
I want to extend a special thank you to Catherine Stevens and the Stevens’ family for their friendship, their kindness and their fond remembrances of Bill. For over three decades Bill and Senator Stevens collaborated with and supported each other through important challenges; they were truly close and good friends.
We are forever grateful to Dr. Dani Bowman and the other first responders for their heroic efforts the night they spent on the mountain with Willy. Thank you for bringing Willy back.
And finally, we extend our deepest sympathies and concerns to all of the other families who have lost loved ones and we offer our prayers for those who are still recovering. You are and will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill and our boys shared many Alaska memories. They loved Alaska and as we leave we know Alaska will remain imprinted on our hearts.

A memorial service is scheduled Friday for William Phillips.

By Washington Post editors  | August 16, 2010; 11:21 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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