Former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh has died at the age of 91.
He nearly lost his life in 1964 in a plane crash here in western Massachusetts with Senator Ted Kennedy.
Bayh and Kennedy were on their way to the Democratic State Convention in Springfield, when their
small plane crashed in an orchard in Southampton. Bayh pulled a badly injured Kennedy from the wreckage of the plane.
In a statement, Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, said that Birch Bayh was special to the family for saving Kennedy’s life, something they never forgot.