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Originally published: 2012-07-05 08:56:08
Last modified: 2012-07-05 08:56:08

Boone man dead in C-130 crash

Anna Oakes

Maj. Ryan S. David, 35, of Boone was among four Airmen killed when a C-130 crashed Sunday while fighting a woodland fire in southwestern South Dakota, the Air National Guard announced Tuesday.

David was an experienced navigator and was also assigned to the 156th Airlift Squadron. He joined the North Carolina Air National Guard in 2011 after prior service in the active-duty Air Force, the ANG said. He is survived by his wife and one child.

Also dead are Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, 42, of Mooresville; Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, 36, of Belmont; and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, 50, of Charlotte. Two others were seriously injured when the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 Hercules crashed.

The crew was part of the Charlotte-based 145th Airlift Wing of the North Carolina Air National Guard.

Words can't express how much we feel the loss of these Airmen, said Brig. Gen. Tony McMillan, the 145th AW commander, in a statement. Our prayers are with their families, as well as our injured brothers as they recover.

The crew and its aircraft, along with two other 145th AS C-130s and three dozen Airmen, flew from Charlotte to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 30 to assist with fighting forest fires in the Rocky Mountain region, the ANG said. They were due to move to a base in Cheyenne, Wyo., July 2.

The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time Sunday near Edgemont, S.D., as the crew assisted with battling what is being called the White Draw fire. The cause of the crash is unknown and is under investigation.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Tuesday, and President Barack Obama expressed condolences for the Airmen.
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