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Old 04-25-2007, 10:18 PM
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Tough day here at work today. Lost one of our comrades in the line of duty. He was a good friend. Flew with him on many successful missions. He transferred from our Caribbean air base to Texas just a few months ago. His aircraft went down while supporting ground agents at the border. Pls keep him and his family on your prayers. Very sad. Had a wife and two very young daughters.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...D8ONVSS00.html

http://www.newschannel5.tv/2007/4/25...in-Plane-Crash


Border Patrol aircraft crashes on remote ranch

04/26/2007

Associated Press


A Border Patrol agent flying above the region in search of illegal immigrants was killed Wednesday when his plane crashed, officials said.

Clint Trasher, 32, died at the crash site on a ranch about 15 miles north of San Manuel, Border Patrol spokesman Oscar Saldana said. Trasher had been with the agency 10 years.

Authorities were still investigating why the plane crashed, Saldana said. Border Patrol helicopters and planes regularly patrol ranch land.

The Cessna 182 took off between 6 and 7 a.m. from McAllen-Miller International Airport, according to Phil Brown, the airport's director of aviation.

San Manuel is about 220 miles south of San Antonio
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:42 PM
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:10 AM
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Sad day indeed.


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Hate to hear that.
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:08 AM
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very sorry to hear that....
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:43 AM
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:28 AM
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It is sad. I presume he died doing something he loved. Thats worth something, at least.
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:55 PM
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Yea, he was a real go-getter. He was a pilot down here in PR with us for about 2 years before he left to TX. He was trully passionate about the job and supporting the ground agents. Did many apprehensions together. RIP
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:58 PM
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http://www.themonitor.com/onset?id=1...e=article.html

More on the crash from local news paper...
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:48 PM
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Another link from the official CBP website honoring him:

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/...n_the_line.xml
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:48 PM
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My sympathy on your loss. Since I have been a pilot, I have lost 3 friends in crashes. It's never easy.

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To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;
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And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;
Then back to earth at the end of a day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.
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Whether brightest day or darkest night;
Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:38 AM
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NTSB Identification: SEA07GA112
14 CFR Public Use
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 25, 2007 in Rachal, TX
Aircraft: Cessna 182R, registration: N6277E
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On April 25, 2007, approximately 1210 central daylight time, a Cessna 182R, N6277E, was destroyed after impacting terrain while maneuvering near Rachal, Texas. The airplane was registered to the United States Border Patrol Air Operations Unit, El Paso, Texas. The certificated airline transport pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the routine air patrol mission, which was conducted as a Public Use flight. No flight plan was filed. The local flight departed the McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE), McAllen, Texas, about 0630.

In an interview conducted under the supervision of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), a border patrol agent who witnessed the accident reported that the airplane was circling left overhead in support of a local mission. The agent stated that while turning downwind from a heading of south to a heading of east the airplane's angle of bank steepened. Subsequently, the airplane banked to the right, nosed over and assumed a steep nose down attitude before impacting terrain. A post-crash fire consumed the airplane from the aft cabin bulkhead forward. The agent further reported that the wind was out of the north and gusting.

On April 26, 2007, representatives from the NTSB, Federal Aviation Administration, United States Customs and Border Protection, Cessna Aircraft Company, and Teledyne Motors traveled to the accident. An initial documentation of the accident site was conducted. The wreckage was then recovered to a secure location where a more detailed examination will be conducted.

At 1253, the weather reporting facility at MFE, located approximately 42 nautical miles south of the accident site, reported winds gusting to 26 knots.




Index for Apr2007 | Index of months . Here is the report from the NTSB. Sorry for your loss. I fly a Bonanza and from the day these planes are put together at the factory they are trying to come apart and kill us. The Hun
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:47 AM
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Very very sorry to hear that. Prayers for you, the family, and the CBP.

The final moments of flight read much like another incident in which I was involved (as a witness) last year off of Dana Point - That one also involved a Cessna, but it was a 210. (http://thelog.com/news/newsview.asp?c=173355 ) :
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Old 05-02-2007, 11:39 AM
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As a pilot it always hits home a little closer. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
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