Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 21 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Aircraft accident
Pilot Walter Panchison was killed when the Cessna 182 airplane he was piloting crashed in a rugged area on Sumas Mountain in Washington state, approximately 17 miles south of the Canadian border. Pilot Panchison, the only person on board the plane, was checking on a embedded motion sensor that had been tripped when the crash occurred. The canyon he was checking is a known drug and alien smuggling area.
Pilot Panchison had been with the border patrol for 21 years and was a former United States Marine fighter pilot who served in Vietnam.