Major Robert Alexander Arrington

Major Robert Alexander Arrington

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Friday, September 17, 1971

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Robert Alexander Arrington

Major Robert Arrington was killed when his plane crashed while transporting an escaped inmate from Oregon to Texas.

Major Robert A. Arrington and Major George A. May, flew a Texas Department of Corrections airplane to Oregon to pick up an inmate who escaped from a Texas prison on March 31, 1970 and was captured in Oregon. The officers stopped in Pueblo, Colorado, back to Huntsville, Texas. On the morning of September 17, 1971, the TDC plane left the airport and crashed around 9:04 a.m., 15-25 miles southwest of Fowler in Pueblo County, Colorado. All three men were killed. The airplane flew into a late summer storm that dropped the earliest snowfall in the Pueblo area since record-keeping in 1888. Search planes were delayed because of low visibility.

Major Arrington was a Vietnam veteran with the United States Army. He served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division for over two years. Major Arrington was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years, 11 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Colorado

aircraft accident

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Maj. Arrington,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
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Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

September 17, 2021

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