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Cannon AFB: Three confirmed dead after plane crashes during training flight

J.R. Oppenheim
March 15, 2017 06:20 PM

Cannon Air Force Base officials have confirmed three Airmen were killed in a crash during a training flight Tuesday evening.

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According to Capt. Brandon Baccam, the U-28A crashed in a field approximately one quarter-mile east of Clovis Municipal Airport around 6:50 p.m. The base said it will not release the names of those on board -- members of the 27th Special Operations Wing -- until next of kin are notified.

"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."

Clovis Municipal Airport Director Kyle Berkshire said the plane performed practice maneuvers called "touch and goes," where the aircraft will touch the runway but does not come to a complete stop. It crashed a half mile off the airport's property during a drill, Berkshire said.

The aircraft was left partially intact, Berkshire said. The wreckage area was between 50 to 100 feet, he said.

The crash sparked a fire but local firefighters extinguished it within an hour of the crash, Baccam said.

The cause remains under investigation.

Stay with KOB as this story develops.

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J.R. Oppenheim

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