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Crashed Fire Fighting C-130 is from Charlotte Air National Guard Unit
Charlotte, N.C. -- MAFFS 7, a C-130 Hercules cargo plane assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, N.C. Air National Guard, departs 30 June, 2012 for Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to support fire fighting throughout the Rocky Mountain area using the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen
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Crashed Fire Fighting C-130 is from Charlotte Air National Guard Unit

Posted 7/2/2012   Updated 7/2/2012 Email story   Print story


by Lt. Col. Rose Dunlap
145th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

7/2/2012 - Charlotte, N.C. -- 
The North Carolina Air National Guard - and indeed the National Guard across all of North Carolina and the country - is grieving today.

The military C-130 equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, otherwise known as MAFFS, that crashed while battling a fire in Southwestern South Dakota just before 6 p.m. mountain time Sunday belonged to the North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing based at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

There were casualties, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured and those who lost their lives. The family members of these Airmen are especially on our minds.

We hope to give you further details on the status of the casualties soon.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, and the incident is under investigation.

At the time of the crash, the crew was fighting the White Draw Fire near the town of Edgemont, S.D.

7/3/2012 6:35:34 PM ET
Get well soon to the two surviving crew members. My sympathy to the 145th Wing members the families of the four souls lost in the crash and to anyone that those four touched in their short lives. May their influence on all of you shine through so their memories are not forgotten. God bless you all.
TSgt Christopher Slater, 126th ARW Scott AFB IL
7/3/2012 3:34:16 PM ET
My thoughts and condolences go out to the families and members of the 145th Airlift Wing. We appreciate your service and support.District Fire Management Officer
Michelle Ellis USFS, Washington
7/3/2012 2:37:39 PM ET
My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. May those lost rest in peace and may God comfort those who remain.Gene Westerlind CMSgt Ret.MA ANG
Gene Westerlind, Millbury MA
7/3/2012 11:43:07 AM ET
GOD Bless this crew and the families they leave behind. I was a Loadmaster in the 167th 2002-2006 and did my LMQ at the 145th. Never met a better bunch of folks in my life. My heart is broken.Pappy
Bryan Waser, Baltimore MD
7/3/2012 8:02:22 AM ET
So sad so sad Rest in Peace My prayers to the family of the crew and the SCANG God bless you all
Mayra I. Leonard, Savannah GA
7/2/2012 11:42:18 PM ET
My thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of your C-130. May God comfort the families of the crew involved. Thank you for the effort in helping the fight against the devastating fires in our state.
CDR Frank Cole USCG Ret, Colorado
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