EADS exec making steady health recovery from crash

WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (BestGrowthStock) – Sean O’Keefe, who heads the
U.S. unit of Europe’s EADS (EAD.PA: ), is recovering steadily
after being one of four people to survive a small plane crash
in Alaska last week, a family spokesman said.

O’Keefe’s son, Kevin, 19, was released from Providence
Alaska Medical Center on Tuesday, and attended the funeral on
Wednesday of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who was killed in
the crash along with four other people.

The elder O’Keefe, 54, remains at the hospital, but “is
making steady progress toward recovery,” family spokesman Paul
Pastorek said this week.

A hospital spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday that the
condition of another survivor, Jim Morhard, had been upgraded
to good from fair.

The spokeswoman said O’Keefe’s family had asked that
O’Keefe’s condition not be released.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is
continuing to investigate the crash, which occurred near
Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska on Aug. 16.

Investigators have now moved the wreckage of the
single-engine plane, a red DeHavilland DHC-3T, to Dillingham,
Alaska, and will closely examine the engine, a spokesman for
the safety board said on Friday.

Investigators have interviewed two of the four survivors,
he said, but did not identify them.

Stevens and O’Keefe, who once worked for the senator on the
appropriations committee, were on a fishing trip in a remote
part of Alaska with other former Senate staff members and their
children.

The others killed in the crash were the pilot, Theron
Smith; Washington lobbyist William Phillips Sr; Dana Tindall, a
senior vice president with GCI International, which owned the
plane involved in the crash; and her daughter, Corey.

O’Keefe, a former NASA administrator and U.S. Navy
Secretary, has been overseeing his company’s battle to win a
contract for new Air Force refueling planes valued at up to $50
billion.

“We’re looking forward to his speedy return and remain
focused on the tanker competition and executing our other
business,” said Guy Hicks, spokesman for EADS North America.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa and John Crawley; Editing by
Gary Hill)

EADS exec making steady health recovery from crash