3 airmen killed after aircraft crashes near Cannon Air Force Base

Airplane crash scene (KAMR Photo)

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE/WDTN) – An Albuquerque televisions station KRQE News 13, a sister station of WDTN, has learned that three airmen have been killed in that plane crash that caught fire during training at Cannon Air Force Base.

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

Their names have not been released. Neither have details about what led to that crash.

NBC News reports the single U-28A reconnaissance aircraft crashed in a field close to the airport.

There is a news conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Colonel 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

Clovis Air Force Base is home to the 27th Special Operations Wing.

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