Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Thursday, December 5, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 40° Partly Cloudy
News >  Nation/World

Air Force plane crashes battling forest fire

Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A military cargo plane from North Carolina has crashed while fighting a wildfire in South Dakota, but there’s no official word on death or injuries.

The North Carolina Air National Guard says six crew members were aboard. The C-130 is part of the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C.

Military officials say the plane crashed after dropping fire retardant Sunday in the Black Hills.

A U.S. Forest Service official in Colorado offered sympathy to the crew members’ families.

South Dakota officials tell the Rapid City Journal three crew members were taken to a hospital. Military officials won’t comment.

Eight C-130s can be equipped to drop water or fire retardant. In addition to the Charlotte unit, they’re flown by National Guard and Reserve units in California, Colorado and Wyoming.

Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter

Get the day’s top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter.

You have been successfully subscribed!
There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email