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July 3, 2012

State flags will fly at half-staff Tuesday across North Carolina, in tribute to the Charlotte-based Air National Guard members who were killed in the crash of their C-130 cargo plane Sunday night in a firefighting mission in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

At least two crew members were killed, according to family members, but several published and broadcast reports Tuesday said the death toll was four.

The plane carried a crew of six.

The Air Force is expected to provide more details on the crash and the casualty toll during a news conference Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal of Mooresville and Master Sgt. Robert Cannon of Charlotte were among those who died, according to family members.

Josh Marlowe of Shelby was seriously injured in the crash and in a South Dakota hospital, his mother-in-law told the Observer.

The C-130 plane, from the N.C. Air National Guard’s 145th Air Wing, was pressed into service due to wildfires that have burned thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.

Air Force officials said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

But a blogger at the website Wildfire Today cited information from the U.S. Forest Service indicating a plane ahead of the C-130 experienced a “severe downdraft” while approaching the area where the planes had been assigned to drop fire retardant.

The Air Force grounded seven other firefighting C-130s in the wake of the crash Monday, removing critical equipment from the skies during one of the busiest and most destructive wildfire seasons ever in the West.

The plane that went down, a C-130H3, was manufactured in 1993, according to First Lt. Michael Wilber, a spokesman for the N.C. National Guard.

The maintenance crew found no mechanical deficiencies on the plane the last time it was on the ground, Wilber said. It was one of three planes sent from Charlotte.

All six on the flight were experienced crewmen who had drilled in fire missions, according to Lt. Col. Robert Carter of the N.C. Air National Guard.

The Charlotte-based Air National Guard crews were helping the Colorado, Wyoming and California National Guard units battle the Waldo Canyon and Flagstaff fires in Colorado; the Arapaho fire in Wyoming; and the White Draw blaze in South Dakota.

The C-130 planes were carrying the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), a self-contained firefighting system owned by the Forest Service. MAFFS can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in a matter of seconds.

Those planes, which made multiple flights in recent days, typically aren’t deployed unless the rest of the Forest Service’s firefighting fleet is occupied.

President Barack Obama said the firefighting crews “put their lives on the line every day for their fellow Americans.”

“They are heroes who deserve the appreciation of a grateful nation,” Obama said. “The crew of this flight — along with their families and loved ones — are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Gov. Bev Perdue said in a statement that the “tragic loss underscores the risks and sacrifices our servicemen and women make on a daily basis. Whether home or aboard, they leave their families to keep us safe and protect our freedom.”

Perdue encouraged North Carolina residents to join state officials in flying flags at half-staff.

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., who represents Mikeal’s district in Congress, said, “Mikeal and his crew fought through dangerous conditions, trying to save the homes and lives of thousands of Americans. His courage and heroism will not be forgotten.”

About 1,400 men and women are based with the Charlotte National Guard unit. Most of them are from the Carolinas. The 145th Air Wing has ten C-130 aircraft.

The two firefighting planes from the Charlotte unit, along with a third craft used for equipment and supplies, flew to the Colorado base Saturday.

A spokesman for the 145th Airlift Wing said its aircraft were scheduled to move Monday to a base in Wyoming, so they could be closer to the fire.

from:  http://www.firehouse.com/news/10736614/four-believed-dead-in-sd-firefighting-plane-crash

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Joe McCormick

65        6    9         26

 

his soul number = 26 = Popular.  Newsworthy.

Page of Wands Tarot card

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July 3, 2012

State flags will fly at half-staff Tuesday across North Carolina, in tribute to the Charlotte-based Air National Guard members who were killed in the crash of their C-130 cargo plane Sunday night in a firefighting mission in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

At least two crew members were killed, according to family members, but several published and broadcast reports Tuesday said the death toll was four.

The plane carried a crew of six.

The Air Force is expected to provide more details on the crash and the casualty toll during a news conference Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal of Mooresville and Master Sgt. Robert Cannon of Charlotte were among those who died, according to family members.

Josh Marlowe of Shelby was seriously injured in the crash and in a South Dakota hospital, his mother-in-law told the Observer.

The C-130 plane, from the N.C. Air National Guard’s 145th Air Wing, was pressed into service due to wildfires that have burned thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.

Air Force officials said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

But a blogger at the website Wildfire Today cited information from the U.S. Forest Service indicating a plane ahead of the C-130 experienced a “severe downdraft” while approaching the area where the planes had been assigned to drop fire retardant.

The Air Force grounded seven other firefighting C-130s in the wake of the crash Monday, removing critical equipment from the skies during one of the busiest and most destructive wildfire seasons ever in the West.

The plane that went down, a C-130H3, was manufactured in 1993, according to First Lt. Michael Wilber, a spokesman for the N.C. National Guard.

The maintenance crew found no mechanical deficiencies on the plane the last time it was on the ground, Wilber said. It was one of three planes sent from Charlotte.

All six on the flight were experienced crewmen who had drilled in fire missions, according to Lt. Col. Robert Carter of the N.C. Air National Guard.

The Charlotte-based Air National Guard crews were helping the Colorado, Wyoming and California National Guard units battle the Waldo Canyon and Flagstaff fires in Colorado; the Arapaho fire in Wyoming; and the White Draw blaze in South Dakota.

The C-130 planes were carrying the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), a self-contained firefighting system owned by the Forest Service. MAFFS can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in a matter of seconds.

Those planes, which made multiple flights in recent days, typically aren’t deployed unless the rest of the Forest Service’s firefighting fleet is occupied.

President Barack Obama said the firefighting crews “put their lives on the line every day for their fellow Americans.”

“They are heroes who deserve the appreciation of a grateful nation,” Obama said. “The crew of this flight — along with their families and loved ones — are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Gov. Bev Perdue said in a statement that the “tragic loss underscores the risks and sacrifices our servicemen and women make on a daily basis. Whether home or aboard, they leave their families to keep us safe and protect our freedom.”

Perdue encouraged North Carolina residents to join state officials in flying flags at half-staff.

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., who represents Mikeal’s district in Congress, said, “Mikeal and his crew fought through dangerous conditions, trying to save the homes and lives of thousands of Americans. His courage and heroism will not be forgotten.”

About 1,400 men and women are based with the Charlotte National Guard unit. Most of them are from the Carolinas. The 145th Air Wing has ten C-130 aircraft.

 

The two firefighting planes from the Charlotte unit, along with a third craft used for equipment and supplies, flew to the Colorado base Saturday.

A spokesman for the 145th Airlift Wing said its aircraft were scheduled to move Monday to a base in Wyoming, so they could be closer to the fire.

from:  http://www.firehouse.com/news/10736614/four-believed-dead-in-sd-firefighting-plane-crash

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Robert Cannon

9          3

 

his primary challenge = RC = 93 = Making the best of a worst-case scenario.

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July 2, 2012

The Air Force says some crewmembers died in the crash of a C-130 aircraft while battling a wildfire in southwestern South Dakota on Sunday night.

Three of the six crewmembers were hospitalized, the Rapid City Journal reports. No specifics yet as to the exact number of dead and injured. The family of a lieutenant colonel from North Carolina confirmed that he died in the crash.

The plane was attached to the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte.

ON Monday afternoon, the Pentagon temporarily grounded the aircraft from firefighting duties.

Update at 8:45 p.m. ETThe Charlotte Observer  has background on 42-year-old Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal of Mooresville, N.C., who died in the crash. He flew C-130s in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the Air Force has not yet said whether he was piloting the plane that crashed Sunday while fighting the White Draw Fire.

Mikeal was anticipating returning home later this week to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary with his wife and their 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. His mother-in-law described him as “a real family man.”

In an interview Saturday with Examiner.com, Mikeal mentioned the dangers of fighting the devastating wildfires in Colorado.

The Observer also reports that a second local Air Guardsman was killed and another was injured Sunday night.

Update at 8:10 p.m. ET: The blog Wildfire Today is reporting that the U.S. Forest Service says four crewmembers died and two were injured. Still no confirmation.

What caused the plane to crash is still unknown, but Wildfire Today noted a Forest Service report that the lead Bureau of Land Management plane, flying directly ahead of the C-130 Hercules, “experienced a severe downdraft while approaching the intended retardant drop zone” in the Black Hills about 5 miles northeast of Edgemont.

Update at 4:53 p.m. ET: President Obama has issued a statement of condolences, our colleagues at The Oval report.

BLOG:  Obama offers condolences on military plane crash

Update at 4:23 p.m. ET: Military C-130s activated to help fight fires in the West will not fly today, the Pentagon says.

The aircraft have been placed on “operational hold” so crews can “reflect, reset and review,” said Col. Jerry Champlin, commander of the 153rd Air Expeditionary group, The Argus Leader reports.

Seven planes have been grounded, the paper says.

Although the military has not yet announced how many crewmembers died, the family of Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal of Mooresville, N.C., confirmed to the Associated Press they were notified early today that he had died in crash. [Correction: Initial post stated it was confirmed to The Argus Leader.]

The fatality is the first in the 40-year history of a joint program between the Forest Service and the Department of Defense to fight wildfires.

Update at 3:13 p.m. ET: The Air Force now confirms there were fatalities but has not said how many, according to The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, published by USA TODAY’s parent company, Gannett.

“There were casualties, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were injured and those who lost their lives,” the Air Force said in a release. “The family members of these Airmen are especially on our minds. We will provide further details on the status of the casualties soon.”

Original post by Douglas Stanglin:

Update at 1:54 p.m. ET: The North Carolina Air National Guard says six crewmembers were aboard, the Associated Press reports. The C-130 is part of the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte.

Military officials say the plane crashed after dropping fire retardant Sunday in the Black Hills.

Original post: The Journal reports that a helicopter transported the injured to a hospital in Rapid City.

The C-130, which normally carries a crew of six, was supporting efforts against the White Draw Fire when it went down, according to the Air Force’s United States Northern Command.

The Associated Press reports that the C-130 Hercules plane was from a Charlotte-based Air National Guard unit.

It was equipped with a modular airborne firefighting system, which can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide, according to the Air Force.

The White Draw Fire — one of dozens that crews are battling in the West — had grown to 3,000 acres by Sunday night and was only 10% contained.

from:  http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/07/c-130-crashes-while-fighting-south-dakota-wildfire/1

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Paul Mikeal

7                3  

 

how he lost his heart’s desire = PL = 73 = Material hardship.

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comprehensive summary and list of predictions for 2012:

http://predictionsyear2012.com/

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discover some of your own numerology for FREE at:

http://numerologybasics.com/

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https://www.createspace.com/3411561

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