🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🙏🏻 damn damn damn Prayers to their families and brothers 😪 #TOML #FirstThere #AFSOC #SOF #Myheroes So effing sad
Three airmen assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron were killed after their U-28A crashed during a training sortie, officials announced Wednesday morning.
The incident happened at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday about a quarter mile east of Clovis Municipal Airport in New Mexico. "We are deeply saddened by this loss within our Air Commando family," said Col. Ben Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, in a statement. "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 names of the airmen have not been released, pending notification of their families.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Air Force officials did not immediately release any additional information.
The U-28A provides a manned fixed-wing, on-call or surge capability for improved tactical airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of special operations forces, according to an Air Force fact sheet.
The aircraft is operated by the 318th, 319th and 34th Special Operations squadrons, while training is conducted by the 5th and 19th SOS. The units are located at Hurlburt Field, Florida, and Cannon Air Force Base.