Senator Wellstone (D) Minnesota dies in plane crash
Sen. Paul Wellstone
EVELETH, Minn.¬†‚ÄĒ¬†A plane chartered by Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., crashed Friday and all eight aboard died, a Transportation Department official said.
On board with the senator were his wife, Shiela Ison, his daughter Marcia, three campaign workers and two pilots.
Sen. Wellstone was running for re-election in a race against former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman. The race was watched across the nation as one of the contests that could determine the majority party in the Senate.
Wellstone, the most liberal senator in Congress, was headed to Eveleth Airport northwest of Duluth in a twin engine Beach Air King 100 turbo-prop, said to be one of the safest planes in the air.