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Crashed firefighting C-130 is from Charlotte Air National Guard Unit Tech. Sgt. Brian Christiansen

MAFFS 7, a C-130 Hercules cargo plane assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, departs June 30, 2012, for Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to support firefighting throughout the Rocky Mountain area using the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System.

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.


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Date Taken:07.02.2012

Date Posted:07.02.2012 16:04

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