[mgj-discuss] Sen. Paul Wellstone dies in plane crash
tgerson at citizen.org
Fri Oct 25 15:37:42 EDT 2002
We are all incredibly saddened and devasted by this.
Reuters. 25 October 2002. Sen. Wellstone Dies in Minnesota Plane Crash.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A plane carrying Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven
other people crashed in northern Minnesota on Friday, killing the
two-term Democrat less than two weeks before the congressional election,
a Senate aide said.
Wellstone, 58, one of the most liberal Democrats in the Senate, was in
the midst of a reelection battle with Republican Norm Coleman, the
former mayor of St. Paul.
His death could have an impact on the Nov. 5 congressional election
because Democrats hold only a one-vote margin controlling the Senate.
An aide to Wellstone said the senator's wife and a daughter were also on
Wellstone's death was eerily similar to the circumstances surrounding
the October 2000 plane crash death of another Democratic Senate hopeful,
Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan. His plane crashed in bad weather in that
state killing him shortly before that year's election. He was elected
after his death and his widow was appointed to take his seat.
The plane carrying Wellstone crashed during a flight from St. Paul to
Eveleth in Minnesota's rugged Iron Range country. The Federal Aviation
Administration said rescue workers were en route but a Senate aide
confirmed that Wellstone did not survive.
Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport assistant manager Gary Ulmond said
there was light snow at the time of the crash.
The plane was making its approach on instruments and there was no
unusual radio contact indicating trouble, Ulmond said. The crash
happened about 2 miles from the airport.
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