The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

National News

July 3, 2012

Air Force planes again ready for fire missions

DENVER — Five Air Force C-130 tankers are ready to resume firefighting flights after the crash of another tanker over the weekend killed four crew members and injured two.

The military said none of the planes had been called on as of Tuesday afternoon. A sixth C-130 will be available by Wednesday.

A C-130 crashed Sunday while fighting a wildfire in the Black Hills of South Dakota. That prompted officials to ground the seven remaining planes in the fleet.

The C-130 that crashed was from an Air National Guard wing based in Charlotte, N.C. Another C-130 from that unit has returned to Charlotte.

The military said the dead are Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal (MY-kuhl), Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David (dah-VEED) and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon.


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