July 1, 2021: nine-year anniversary of Air National Guard plane crash that killed 4 in Fall River County
FALL RIVER COUNTY, S.D. — Nine years ago Thursday, a C-130 from North Carolina Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing crashed in Fall River County, killing four airmen and injuring two more.
The tanker and crew was helping battle the White Draw Fire near Edgemont when a microburst of turbulent air from a thunderstorm caused the plane to crash into a wooded area, a ravine, and then break apart.
According to a U.S. Air Force report, the aircraft had experienced a sudden drop in airspeed during its first retardant drop, but the crew had decided they could adjust to the conditions. The C-130, carrying a Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS) capable of dropping up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant, crashed on its second drop.
The four Air National Guard members killed were: