Trapper Creek man dies when plane strikes tree

Alaska State Troopers say a Trapper Creek man died after his plane struck a tree while flying over his daughter’s wedding reception.

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KTUU-TV reports that 54-year-old Michael Zagula died Sunday after the landing gear from his Cessna U206G struck a tree and caused the aircraft to crash.

Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the crash occurred in Trapper Creek.

National Transportation Safety Board chief Alaska investigator Clint Johnson says an investigator is scheduled to visit the crash site Monday.

Zagula’s body will be sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.