ANCHORAGE, Alaska—The family of two passengers on board the plane that crashed near Dillingham Aug. 9, Bill Phillips and his son Willy, released a statement to the public Saturday.
Bill Phillips, who served for five years on the staff of former Sen. Ted Stevens, died in the crash with Stevens. Willy Phillips, 13, survived and remains hospitalized for injuries he sustained in the crash.
In a written statement, the family thanked rescuers and GCI employees for their support and concern, as well as Alaskans who helped comfort them during what they say is a painful time.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and concerns to all of the other families who have lost loved ones and we offer our prayers for those who are still recovering. You are and will remain in our thoughts and prayers,” the family said in the statement.
A funeral Mass for Bill Phillips will be held on Friday in his home state of Maryland.
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