Mel Carnahan, Missouri Governor, at press conference with press secretary Chris Sifford. (AP File Photo)
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Friends and family of former Missouri governor Mel Carnahan plan a quiet commemoration 10 years after he, his son and a trusted aide died in a plane crash on the campaign trail.
The Carnahan family plans no public events to mark Saturday's anniversary of the crash. Carnahan's oldest son, Randy, was the plane's pilot. He and aide Chris Sifford also died in the Oct. 16, 2000, crash outside of St. Louis.
The two-term governor was the Democratic nominee challenging Republican incumbent John Ashcroft for the U.S. Senate.
The crash occurred too close to the election to print new ballots. Mel Carnahan posthumously defeated Ashcroft by nearly 49,000 votes. His widow, Jean, was selected to take his place and served two years in Washington.
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