Sen. Wellstone’s Plane Crashed

This cannot be good. He was one of the more outspoken figures against the war in Iraq.

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) – A plane chartered by Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., crashed Friday and all eight aboard died, a Transportation Department official said.

The plane went down two miles from a runway in a wooded area, according to officials. Greg Martin, a spokesman for the FAA (news – web sites), said eight people died in the crash.

Several Democratic officials said Wellstone had not been heard from in several hours.

Officials in Wellstone’s campaign office could not be reached immediately.

One Democratic official said Wellstone’s schedule for the day included a chartered flight to Eveleth, where he was to attend a funeral.