3 airmen killed after plane crashes near Cannon AFB in New Mexico

Airplane crash scene - photo courtesy KAMR
Airplane crash scene - photo courtesy KAMR

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – Three airmen have been killed in a plane crash during training at Cannon Air Force Base.

The airmen are part of a special operations squadron. They died following a crash during a training drill at around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday about a quarter-mile east of Clovis Municipal Airport.

Captain Andrew Becker, 33, Captain Kenneth Dalga, 29, and First Lieutenant Frederick Dellecker, 26, were on board the U-28A when it crashed.

Officials say the aircrew members were part of the 318ths Special Operations Squadron.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


Col. Ben Maitre released the following statement after the crash.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss within our Air Commando family…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.” – Col. Ben Maitre

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