USAF identifies airmen killed in U-28A crash

The names of the three airmen killed in a plane crash near Cannon AFB in New Mexico were released this week

USAF identifies airmen killed in U-28A crash

A U.S. Air Force U-28A taxis on the flightline on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 6, 2013. The U-28A provides a manned fixed-wing, on-call/surge capability for Improved Tactical Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in support of Special Operations Forces. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. John Bainter/DVIDSHUB)

Aaron Martinez
El Paso Times, Texas

U.S. Air Force officials have released the names of the three airmen killed in a plane wreck during a training flight earlier this week at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Captain Andrew Becker, Captain Kenneth Dalga and First Lieutenant Frederick Dellecker died after the U-28A plane they were flying crashed at about 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Cannon Air Force Base officials said.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of those involved in this tragic accident,” Col. Ben Maitre, the wing commander, said in a statement. “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.”

The cause of the fatal crash remains under investigation, officials said.

The wreck occurred less than a mile from the Clovis Municipal Airport. Cannon Air Force Base is located just outside of Clovis.

Becker, 33, was originally from Novi, Mich. and worked as a pilot for the 318th Special Operations Squadron at the base. He is survived by his wife, mother and father.

Dalga, 29, was a combat systems officer for the 318th Special Operations Squadron. He was from Goldsboro, N.C. and is survived by his wife, son, and mother.

Dellecker, 26, was a co-pilot for the 318th Special Operations Squadron. Dellecker, who was from Daytona Beach, Fla., is survived by his mother and father.

Cannon officials said that the men’s bodies have been taken to Albuquerque for autopsies.

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