Pilot Walter Scott Panchison

Pilot Walter Scott Panchison

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

End of Watch Friday, October 23, 1998

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Walter Scott Panchison

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 an 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 served with the U.S. Border Patrol for 21 years. He was a former United States Marine fighter pilot who served in Vietnam.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Washington

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Pilot Panchison,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a LEO but when you served with the USMC-especially during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
Mike Casey USBP/former USMC

Michael Casey
United States Border Patrol

October 23, 2018

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