On Monday, June 25, 2001, at some time after 9:00 PM, Alaska State Trooper James A. Moen, age 49 of McGrath, was killed in an airplane crash in a remote area
approximately 65 miles southwest of Lake Illiamna. Trooper Moen, a 18-year veteran of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection, had been conducting aroutine sport fishing
patrol in a state PA-18 Piper Cub on floats. Trooper Moen was the sole occupant of the plane.
Another trooper pilot reported spotting the crash site from the air that evening, landed about one-half mile away, and hiked to the site.
Trooper Moen was an experienced state and military pilot; he was commercial and instrument rated and had accumulated over 4000 hours of flight time. During his
18½ years with the Troopers, Trooper Moen served in Petersburg, Soldotna, and most recently in McGrath.
Trooper Moen is survived by his wife, Anne and four children, James, Anneliese, Megan and Ryan.
Funeral services were held at Bryant Field Hanger Number One at Fort Richardson with Burial at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Many reports state that Trooper Moen had served for 17 years. The information here was corrected in July 2007 at the request of his family.
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