Clovis, N.M. - Cannon Air Force Base officials have confirmed three Airmen were killed in a crash during a training flight near Clovis, New Mexico Tuesday evening.

"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.

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