The Air National Guard said that three airmen were killed in a plane crash in Tennessee on Tuesday.
The accident occurred in McMinnville, Tennessee, 75 miles southeast of Nashville.
The guard identified the victims as Lt. Col. Shelley Huider; Capt. Jessica Wright; And Senior Master Sergeant. Scott Bumpus. The trio were members of the 118th Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard.
The Air National Guard did not provide details of the cause of the accident. According to NBC Nashville affiliate WSMV, a witness reported seeing the plane while trying to return to the airport before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board said the three airmen were flying a Piper PA28, which was licensed for the Lebanese Flying Club.
“Words cannot articulate the shock, sorrow, anguish and despair that we have lost three notable members of our guard family,” Colonel Todd Wills, commander of the 118th Wing, said in a press release on Wednesday. “All three were dedicated to serving our nation. Their families are in our hearts and our prayers.”
Tennessee Village. Bill Lee tweeted his condolences on Wednesday, tweeting, “He was incredibly saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of three Airmen in yesterday’s crash.”