Fallen Agent: KENNETH L. CARL
DOB: September 5, 1926
Entered: August 17, 1953
Departed: June 18, 1961
Postion: Airplane Pilot

On June 18, 1961, Pilot Kenneth L. Carl responded to assist inspectors in locating several illegal aliens hidden in an alfalfa field nine miles southwest of El Centro, California. He immediately initiated low observation passes over the field. In a short time, he spotted one of the aliens and guided the inspectors to his location. Carl then made repeated passes over the alfalfa field, as well as over an adjoining maize field, searching for the second alien, calling his name over the loudspeaker system, directing him to give up and surrender himself. The pilot was reported to have been flying at reduced air speed and very close to the ground. After circling the search area, the pilot flew to mid-field and then commenced a left bank which steepened rapidly to a near vertical angle. The aircraft was observed to climb to an altitude of approximately 40 feet above the ground and then to stall. The aircraft struck the ground in a flight path angle of approximately 40 degrees and stopped immediately upon impact with the soft muddy soil. Pilot Carl was pronounced dead prior to being removed from the scene of the accident. It was later ascertained that his heart had been crushed within the rib cage on impact with the instrument panel.