Pilot David Louie Crater

Pilot David Louie Crater

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, November 15, 1987

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David Louie Crater

Pilot David Crater and Pilot James Taylor were killed in an aircraft crash along the United States-Mexico border near Calexico, California.

They were flying in the area to serve as a reference point for radar detectors that had been moved into the area. The Cessna 441 Conquest they were operating crashed approximately one-half mile south of the border after it struck a 300-foot ridge.

A search was initiated after ground units lost contact with the aircraft.

Pilot Crater had served with the United States Customs Service for seven months.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Overseas

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace


November 17, 2009

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