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Aviation accident kills Alaska state trooper

Sadly, aviation accidents are a common occurrence in Alaska. Since most cities in Alaska are not connected to a major road system, planes are used for routine actions, such as going to the store. Now that hunting season is open, people will be using planes more than ever for hunting trips. Unfortunately, not all planes are made for the harsh Alaskan climates, and therefore, accidents can occur. A man was killed recently in an aviation accident after flying solo during a hunting trip.

On Aug. 5, a man was killed after his Cessna airplane crashed in the Alaskan woods at around 8 p.m. He was on a hunting trip when he flew over the surrounding area to try to find a moose that one of the members had shot. It was stated that the crash was observed by the rest of the hunting group, who had stayed behind.

The Anchorage medical examiner was not able to acquire his body at first because of bad weather, but members of the hunting party stayed at the crash site. They later received permission to move his body to a location where it could be picked up. Investigations of the accident will most likely focus on whether the accident was caused by an error of the pilot, an airplane malfunction, or some other reason. The man had a wife and small child.

If it is found that the aviation accident was caused by the negligence of someone other than the pilot, then the surviving family may choose to seek reimbursement for monetary sustained as a result of the loss of life. If compensation is awarded to the family, it could provide some sense of justice, as well as cover any final expenses. This would allow the man's wife and child to focus on coping with their loss instead of worrying about the financial consequences of the tragedy.

Source: State News |, Former trooper killed in plane crash near Eureka, Zaz Hollander, September 6, 2013

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