Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone was killed in the crash of a chartered turboprop this morning. The Beech King Air A100 went down a few miles east of Eveleth-Virginia Municipal Airport in northern Minnesota. Sen. Wellstone's wife, daughter, three campaign aides, and two pilots were also killed in the accident.
"Senator Wellstone was a man of deep convictions who cared deeply about individuals," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "That concern extended to people and businesses victimized by the September 11 attacks, and he was a supporter of relief for the flight schools, FBOs, and other small businesses. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, his colleagues in Congress, and the people of Minnesota."