MAFFS Equipped C-130, similar to the one that crashed
yesterday. Air National Guard photo
The C-130 reportedly was assigned to the White Draw fire, which has consumed about 3000 acres near Edgemont SD. Details as to whether anyone else was on the plane or the circumstances of the crash have not been released. The condition of the survivors was withheld as well.
One local report stated that the crash occurred several miles from the fire.
Calls to the Northern Command Public Affairs Officer produced no further information, or any estimate on when further details would be released was given.
The MAFFS is a modular, self contained aerial retardant/water application system that can be loaded onto C-130 transport aircraft, essentially converting it into a firefighting tanker. Certain USAF and Air National Guard squadrons receive special training and equipment to allow them to perform the firefighting mission. MAFFS equipped resources are used when contract and other aerial resources are spread thin, especially during periods of heavy fire activity.
ANG footage of MAFFS equipped C-130 during recent firfighting
operations in CO.
As soon as further details become available, I will post it. Until then, our thoughts and prayers go out to the affect crew and their families.
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