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Public viewing for former Alaska Sen. Stevens set for Tuesday

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Aide: Stevens knew risk of flight
  • The funeral will be held on Wednesday
  • Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the funeral
  • Stevens and four others died when a plane crashed into the side of a mountain
  • He was the longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate's history

(CNN) -- The public will have a chance to pay their respects to former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens Tuesday -- ahead of his funeral the next day.

Stevens will lie in repose at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Anchorage, with a viewing scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (2 p.m. to midnight ET).

After the viewing, a motorcade procession will carry Stevens body to Anchorage Baptist Temple, where his funeral will take place Wednesday.

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the funeral.

Stevens -- who served in the U.S. Senate for 40 years -- and four others died when the plane they were in flew into the side of a mountain in remote southern Alaska on August 9.

Brutal terrain and bad weather kept survivors waiting 12 hours for rescue after the crash, officials and witnesses said. The crash left four others injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday it was too early to tell whether Stevens and the others survived the crash, but eventually succumbed while waiting to be rescued, authorities said.

The aircraft, which was taking the group on a fishing trip, crashed about 17 miles north of Dillingham in the southwestern area of the state, authorities said.

Stevens was the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate's history and a champion for Alaska.

Stevens earned the nickname "Uncle Ted" and a reputation as one of the most effective of all pork-barrel lawmakers, a senator who funneled billions of federal dollars to his home state.

His footprint can be seen all over Alaska. In Anchorage, where most people fly into the state, a large sign proclaims, "Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport."