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Goldsboro airman among 3 killed in New Mexico training flight crash

Posted March 16

— One of the three service members who was killed Tuesday night during a training flight crash at a New Mexico Air Force base was from Goldsboro.

The crash of a reconnaissance and surveillance plane during a training flight in New Mexico killed Goldsboro native Capt. Kenneth Dalga, 29, who was a combat system officer for the 318th Special Operations Squadron. He is survived by his spouse, son and mother, according to Cannon Air Force Base.

Base officials say the 33-year-old pilot, Capt. Andrew Becker from Novi, Michigan, and 26-year-old co-pilot, 1st Lt. Frederick Dellecker from Daytona Beach, Florida, were also killed.

All three were assigned to the 318th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon.

The cause of the single-engine U-28A's crash near the Clovis Municipal Airport is under investigation.

Col. Ben Matire, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing, says the unit's thoughts and prayers are with families and friends of those killed.

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