The Wichita eagle
An Airman died in a training accident at a Kansas Air National Guard facility near Salina and two more were hospitalized.
The accident involving a military vehicle occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range, officials said in a press release on Wednesday.
“Today we lost a member of our family in unfortunate circumstances,” said Col. Jason Knobbe, commander of the 184th Squadron. “We share the grief of his relatives and express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fellow guardsmen. We will continue to take care of the injured airmen and help their relatives. Your health, safety and well-being are our top priority. “
Three Airmen from the 184th Wing, based at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, were involved in the crash. They are part of the Salina-based 284th Air Support Operations Squadron.
Airmen were training on the rifle range when their military vehicle overturned, injuring all three employees, officials said. The cause of the wreck is unknown and is still being investigated.
Two airmen were responsive and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. One aviator failed to respond and was medically evacuated by helicopter towards a hospital in Wichita. He died before he got to the hospital.
“My thoughts are with the Kansas National Guard and the 184th Wing after yesterday’s military vehicle crash near Salina,” Governor Laura Kelly said in a statement. “I hope that the two injured airmen will recover quickly and express my condolences to the family, relatives and guardsmen of the soldier who tragically lost his life. His commitment to our state will remain unforgettable. “
Jason Tidd is a reporter for The Wichita Eagle covering breaking news, crime and the courts.