CLOVIS, N.M. (KFDA) - The airmen of the crashed U-28A military aircraft from Cannon Air Force Base have been identified.
Captain Andrew Becker, 33, was a pilot for the 318th Special Operations Squadron. He was from Novi, Mich., and is survived by his spouse, mother, and father.
Captain Kenneth Dalga, 29, was a combat systems officer for the 318th Special Operations Squadron. He was from Goldsboro, N.C., and is survived by his spouse, son, and mother.
First Lieutenant Frederick Dellecker, 26, was a co-pilot for the 318th Special Operations Squadron. He was from Daytona Beach, Fla., and is survived by his mother and father.
The 3 airmen assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron died after a U-28A military aircraft from Cannon Air Force Base crashed into an open field around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday.
The U-28A military aircraft crashed during a 'training sortie' into a field approximately one quarter-mile east of the Clovis Municipal Airport.
The incident caused a fire that was extinguished by local first responders shortly after the crash.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Cannon Air Force Base.
"The U-28 aircraft is a reliable safety performing airplane that we fly thousands of hours and every year our air crews fly hundreds of hours to maintain their currency and proficiency," said Col. Ben Maitre, the installation commander. "This is the first mishap in quite some time."
"We are deeply saddened by this loss within our Air Commando family," said Col. Maitre. "Our sympathies are with the loved ones and friends affected by this tragedy, and our team is focused on supporting them during this difficult time."
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