A military plane crashed while battling a wildfire in southwest South Dakota on Sunday night, authorities said. Three crew members were hospitaized, according to a newspaper report.
A helicopter landed near the crash site and took the trio to Custer to be transported by ambulance to Rapid City Regional Hospital for treatment, The Rapid City Journal reported.
Pray for the crew.
It’s going to be an interesting accident investigation. Was the crew properly qualified for the mission? Was the qualification program realistic and sufficient? Is the tanker mission one the Air Force should even try to support, or would resources be better directed to contracting dedicated tanker operations from private companies?