ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state Fish and Wildlife Protection officer died when his single-engine Piper Cub went down near Lake Illiamna Monday night, Alaska State Troopers said.
James A. Moen, 49, of McGrath, was on a routine sport fishing patrol when the float-equipped plane went down about 65 miles southwest of the lake, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.
The wreckage was discovered just after 9 p.m. by another trooper pilot who landed about a half-mile away and hiked to the site. Troopers returned to the site Tuesday and recovered the body. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.
The cause of the crash was not known Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating.
Moen was a 17-year veteran of the troopers' Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection, having served in Petersburg and Soldotna before transferring to McGrath. He was also an experienced pilot, with more than 4,000 flight hours as both a state and military pilot, Wilkinson said.
Moen is survived by his wife, Anne, and four children.
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