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Brother survives

The father and brother of Indiana freshman tight end Paul Phillips were among nine passengers aboard a small plane that crashed in the Alaskan wilderness Monday evening.

Phillips’ father, Bill Sr., was among five, including former United States Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), who died in the crash, while his brother, Willy, was among the four survivors.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Indiana University community are with Paul, his family and everyone touched by this tragedy,” IU coach Bill Lynch said in a statement. “Please be respectful of the family as they deal with this private matter.”

Paul Phillips, a native of Darnestown, Md., is in his first year with the Hoosiers after starting for three years at Georgetown Prep. He was a first team all-state selection his senior year.