Military plane crashes while battling South Dakota wildfire – U.S. News

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.

via Military plane crashes while battling South Dakota wildfire – U.S. News.

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?

2 thoughts on “Military plane crashes while battling South Dakota wildfire – U.S. News”

  1. Maybe the damage to Colorado Springs was a leemer for the Forest Service, and they asked for help. The AF is usually pretty good about tempering the military Can Do! spirit with training and caution.

    I hope the crew recovers.

    1. There were two or three C-130’s fighting the Waldo Canyon fire, I think the day before the firestorm. It didn’t take damage to the city to prompt the Forest Service to ask for Air Force help.

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