CLOVIS, NM (KCBD) - The Cannon Air Force Base has released the names of three airmen killed in a crash near the Clovis Municipal airport Tuesday night.
According to officials, Captain Andrew Becker, 33, was a pilot for the 318th Special Operations Squadron. He was from Novi, Michigan 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, North Carolina, 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, Florida, and is survived by his mother and father.
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Colonel Ben Maitre also released this statement: "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of those involved in this tragic accident. In doing so, our focus is to also support our larger Air Commando community as we prioritize safe mission accomplishment in both our training and operational commitments."
According to the Chief of Public Affairs, the three airmen were assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron. They were killed during a training sortie Tuesday evening around 6:50 pm when their U-28A crashed about a quarter-mile east of the airport. The crash caused a fire that was extinguished by local first responders at 7:39 p.m.
The base released this statement regarding the crash: "We are deeply saddened by this loss within our Air Commando family," said Col. Ben Maitre, the installation commander. "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."
The cause of the accident is under investigation.