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

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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

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 28 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

Location: Arizona

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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.

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Senior Patrol Agent John S. Blue
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Thursday, October 4, 1973
Cause: Aircraft accident

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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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