WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement today upon learning that a McConnell U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft carrying three crew members crashed in northern Kyrgyzstan. The crew members were not from McConnell AFB.
"I was saddened to hear that a McConnell KC-135 tanker crashed in Kyrgyzstan,” Sen. Moran said. “The three crew members on board were working to protect our country and keep our freedom within reach, and we should all be grateful for their service. I ask that all Kansans join me in keeping the family and friends of these crew members in their thoughts and prayers in the days ahead."
Since 1941, McConnell Air Force Base has been an instrumental part of the Wichita community. McConnell Air Force Base employs more than 17,000 people, military and civilian, and last year it had an overall impact of more than $520 million on our local economy. McConnell supports all branches of the military and allied partners, refueling off of either coast and around the world every day.