3 Airmen killed in Cannon U-28 crash identified

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- Three Cannon Air Commandos perished when their U-28A aircraft crashed about 6:50 p.m. March 14.

Today, the names of the 318th Special Operations Squadron crewmen were released.

Capt. Andrew Becker, 33, was a the pilot. He was from Novi, Michigan, and is survived by his spouse, mother and father.

Capt. Kenneth Dalga, 29, was the combat systems officer. He was from Goldsboro, North Carolina, and is survived by his spouse, son and mother.

First Lt. Frederick Dellecker, 26, was the co-pilot. He was from Daytona Beach, Florida, and is survived by his mother and father.

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of those involved in this tragic accident," said Col. Ben Maitre, 27th Special Operations Wing commander. "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 crash occurred during a training sortie about one quarter-mile east of Clovis Municipal Airport, New Mexico. The incident caused a fire that was extinguished by local first responders. The Airmen's remains were transported to Albuquerque for autopsy.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.