Air Force releases C-130 crash photos

Air Force releases C-130 crash photos

Credit: U.S. Air Force

A North Carolina Air National Guard Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped C-130 aircraft crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota, July 1, 2012. The aircraft was aiding the fire fighting missions against the White Draw Fire.

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on July 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 9 at 10:02 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Air Force has released the first photos of the Air National Guard C-130 from Charlotte that crashed fighting a wildfire in South Dakota.

The photos show the plane cut a large swath through the rugged terrain where it crashed last week.

The plane was flying near Edgemont on July 1 when it crashed while dropping a load of fire retardant.

The four men killed were Lieutenant Colonel Paul Mikeal, Major Joseph McCormick, Major Ryan

David, and Senior Master Sergeant Robert Cannon, all from North Carolina.
Two other crew members survived.

"I really hate it for the families that had small children," said Freeda Moss.

Moss lives in a neighborhood that is almost across the street from the main gate to the Charlotte Air National Guard Headquarters.

People have stopped to leave cards and flowers on a fence that surrounds a C-130 that is on permanent display there.

Moss has a son who was in the guard and knew many of the victims.

She said he had gone to sit with the family of one of the survivors who is being treated at a hospital in Raleigh.

"He said it was just terrible. It is just really a sad thing," Moss said.
From looking at the pictures it is hard to imagine anyone could have survived the crash.

The tail section is the only part that appears to be intact.

"I understand they were in the tail section and they say that is the safest part of the aircraft, said Moss.

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