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CA Highway Patrol Officer Killed in Plane Crash ‎

CA Highway Patrol Officer Killed in Plane Crash ‎

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Associated Press

May 11, 2010

IMPERIAL, Calif. — A highway patrol pilot flying to monitor freeway speeders was killed when his aircraft crashed in Southern California, officials said Saturday.

Officer Danny Benavides, 39, was flying solo when his plane went down about 9:30 a.m. Friday in a desert area near Highway 78 and Split Mountain Road in Imperial County, the patrol said in a news release.

It said the patrol communication center lost contact with the pilot and called for a regional search that involved both military and law enforcement personnel.

Wreckage of the aircraft was spotted about 4 p.m. Benavides, a 13-year patrol officer, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation was under way to determine the cause of the crash.

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Pilot Officer Danny Benavides

The CHP news release said Benavides had just finished working one speed detail and was en route to another on Interstate 8 when he crashed.

Benavides had been assigned to the patrol’s border division air operations unit as a pilot.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the crash.

“Officer Benavides dedicated his life to ensuring the safety and security of California residents, and his honorable service will forever be remembered,” the governor said in a statement Saturday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Benavides’ family and friends during this difficult time.”

Benavides is survived by his wife and a daughter.


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    K9_91

    almost 4 years ago

    19896 Comments

    RIP brother

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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP

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    CAHPson

    about 4 years ago

    122 Comments

    My father works for CHP and he had taken the month of May off and I felt terrible when I broke the news to him.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    RIP Pilot Ofcr.Danny Benavides.May You fly high with The Angels above watching over Your Loved Ones and Your Fellow Officers doing the job you so loved.I will light A Candle in Your Honor.May God Bless You and Your Family Always.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Brother

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    NECU2

    over 4 years ago

    350 Comments

    Rest In Peace

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    gman3858

    over 4 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother. We will miss you.

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    TeaParty2012

    over 4 years ago

    68 Comments

    Are things that bad in CA that they can only afford to staff one person on the plane?? RIP bro.

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    milcop

    over 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP My Brother Prayers to your family and friends

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    philfroggy

    over 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    JMeaders

    over 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    Inspections of the aircraft*
    Changed my train of thought mid sentence.

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    JMeaders

    over 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    @Mouse223 - Inspections of the every before and after every flight are mandatory per CHP policy and procedure. Anything can go wrong at any time while in flight just as if you were driving a car.

    Thank you for your dedication Officer Benavides. Your sacrifice is immensely appreciated.

    This is National Police Officer Memorial week. Take time to remember those who have fallen as they keep us all safe.
    In memory of Officer Benavides and my uncle, Alfred R. Turner - EOW 12/16/75. CHP Officer in Los Banos killed on a traffic stop. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    =( RIP, thoughts go to the family, friends and coworkers.

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    Mouse223

    over 4 years ago

    102 Comments

    RIP Officer Benavides. Stupid plane. Should be mandatory to have a full inspection of every aircraft before it leaves the ground.

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    JoPapiMartin

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Benavides. My heart goes go out to family and friends

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