Pilot Friedrich "Fritz" Karl

Pilot Friedrich "Fritz" Karl

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, October 4, 1973

Friedrich "Fritz" Karl

Pilot Fritz Karl and Senior Patrol Agent John Blue were killed in an airplane accident near Tacna, Arizona, shortly after takeoff.

The two agents were on a patrol in the area and had stopped at an airport near Tacna to make ground contact with other agents. Shortly after takeoff the landing gear of the plane struck a 52-foot high power line, causing it to flip over and crash onto I-8.

Pilot Karl had been in law enforcement for 28 years.

Bio

  • Age 50
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Arizona

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Pilot Karl,
On today, the 39th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Patrol. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol

October 4, 2012

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