July 2nd Noon: Press Conference notes: Causality list and more info on survivors will be announced after set time period. Survivors are seriously injured
MAFFS: All #MAFFS Nationwide have stood down taking operational pause, 1st MAFFS crash ever in 40 years of flying. #WhiteDraw
20:30hrs: OFFICIAL NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs Press release
MAFFS equipped C-130 crashes in South Dakota
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - At approximately 6 P.M. MDT, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped C-130 aircraft supporting fire fighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire.
The cause of the crash is not known and the incident is under investigation. There are no details on the status of the aircrew available at this time.
MAFFS is a joint DoD and U.S. Forest Service program designed to provide additional aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private airtankers are no longer able to meet the needs of the Forest Service.
MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system owned by the U.S. Forest Service that can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.
For more information, contact USNORTHCOM Public Affairs at 719-554-6889 or 719-304-6097.NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
July 1, 2012
20:30hrs: Reports that two or three crew members survived aircraft crash of C-130 #MAFFS air tanker. normal crew of six. A helicopter was able to land near the plane Sunday night and take three people to Custer to be transported by ambulance to a Rapid City hospital
1900hrs: A C-130 Hercules airplane helping to fight the White Draw fire near Edgemont went down this evening, according to authorities.
Northern Rockies Type II Incident Management Team have confirmed that an airplane went down near the White Draw wildfire and Search and Rescue is on the scene.
The plane was being used to help fight the fire near the southern Black Hills. Authorities say the plane was dropping water shortly before it went down.
The wildfire is 10 percent contained and has burned about 3,000 acres. It is burning about five miles northeast of Edgemont, primarily in a mix of grasslands and timber. More than 180 personnel are assigned to the fire. Workers are battling the blaze with the help of four helicopters and three air tankers. More crews and equipment have been ordered.
Officials say firefighters are facing additional hazards with the steep terrain and rattlesnakes.
Residents of five homes near Edgemont were given voluntary evacuation notices Saturday.
|MILITARY FIREFIGHTING AIRCRAFT DOWN - |
Authorities with the Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team have confirmed that an airplane went down near the White Draw wildfire and Search and Rescue is on the scene.
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(43 23 13N 103 45 17W) approx. 600 acres. Type 2 IMT (Fry) assigned
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