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 ..?