Media Release - Downed aircraft update: Three Airmen killed

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Three Airmen assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron were killed following a U-28A crash during a training sortie Tuesday evening at 6:50 p.m.

The crash occurred approximately one quarter-mile east of Clovis Municipal Airport.

“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 identities of the aircrew are being withheld until 24 hours after their next of kin have been notified.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.