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Aug 25, 2010 8:29 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

NTSB releases preliminary report on Alaska crash

Federal investigators say the plane carrying former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens had its emergency beacon separate from its mounting bracket when the aircraft crashed into a remote southwest Alaska mountainside earlier this month.

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the Aug. 9 crash also says that the antenna cable also was found separated from the locator beacon. The report was released late Tuesday.

Stevens and four others died in the accident, while four people, including former NASA chief Sean O'Keefe, were injured.

Authorities have said that no transmitter signal was detected during an aerial search.

The medical examiner has said it's unlikely a quicker response would have mattered, since the crash's victims injuries were "severe and fatal."

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