Patrolman Lowell D. Howard

Patrolman Lowell D. Howard

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Monday, August 6, 1984

Lowell D. Howard

Patrolmen Lowell Howard and David Smith were killed in an airplane accident while performing an aerial speed enforcement operation.

After the operation ended, the officers radioed that they were going to fly over the enforcement zone one last time. As they did so one of the aircraft wheels struck a powerline, causing the aircraft to strike the ground. Both officers were killed instantly.

Patrolman Howard had been employed with the New Mexico State Police for six years and is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Hard to believe so many years have passed since your loss. Since we are both flight instructors I know you would appreciate the fact that I use your low altitude buzzing accident as an example of what happens when someone says, “Hey, watch this.” Wish you were here.

John Wood
Former president Eberline Instruments, Santa Fe

February 26, 2018

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