Pilot Officer Daniel Nava Benavides

Pilot Officer Daniel Nava Benavides

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, May 7, 2010

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Daniel Nava Benavides

Officer Daniel Benavides was killed when the department airplane he was piloting crashed.

He was flying a Cessna 206 on observation patrol for a speed detail near Highway 78 when it went down about 9:30 am. The crash occurred in the desert near Highway 78 west of Split Mountain Road in Imperial County.

Officer Benavides had served with the California Highway Patrol for 13 years and was assigned to the Border Division Thermal Air Operations Unit. Officer Benavides is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 15193

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Dan, I will cherish your smiles and laughter in my heart forever.
God Bless you and your family.

Rae Ramirez
CHP Dispatcher (retired)

May 7, 2020

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