Kansas military crash leaves 1 Air National Guard member dead, 2 injured


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SALINA (KSNT) – A member of the Kansas Air National Guard died and two other Airmen are hospitalized after their military vehicle overturned during a training exercise.

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range, southwest of Salina. Two Airmen were conscious and transported by emergency crews to a hospital in Salina where they are being treated, according to the Adjutant General’s Department.

An unidentified Airmen was unresponsive and taken by helicopter to a hospital, but died on the way to McPherson.

“Today we lost a member of our family under unfortunate circumstances,” said Col. Jason Knobbe, commander, 184th Wing. “We share in the sorrow felt by his loved ones and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow Guardsmen. We will continue caring for the injured Airmen and provide assistance to their loved ones. Their health, safety and well-being is our top priority.”

The Airmen of the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron were training at the Smoky Hill ANG Range when their vehicle turned over, resulting in injuries to all three personnel. 

Ms. Jane Welch, the Director of Public Affairs for the Adjutant General’s Department, said the incident is under investigation.

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