06 September 2013

Another Aviation Fatality

I wish I knew what's going on this year: planes are falling out of the sky, up here.
A former Alaska State Trooper was killed Thursday night when his 1952 Cessna 170 crashed northwest of Eureka, troopers said.
1952 Cessna 170b

Michael S. Zobel, 41, of Anchorage died in the crash, troopers said. The cause wasn't immediately clear. Zobel, a private pilot, was alone in the plane.

A friend of Zobel's in a nearby hunting party witnessed the crash, which was reported at 7:54 p.m. Thursday, troopers said. LifeMed Alaska responded and confirmed Zobel's death due to injuries sustained in the crash, troopers said.

Zobel went up to look for a moose that had been shot, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters. He was part of the hunting party that watched the crash, Peters said.

I know a few pilots here, and they're all just shaking their heads. Bad weather accounts for some of the accidents, but others ..?


Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

There sure has been a lot of aircraft incidents up there lately.

Chickenmom said...

So sad. I wonder why there are so many. I don't think a pilot would fly if the weather was bad.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Scary trend. Prayers for all.

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, true. It's an unusual number, even for us.

Chickenmom, some of the accidents have been due to bad weather. Conditions can change very, very rapidly in the mountains. But not all of them are weather-related.

WSF, thank you.