NC crew members dead in SD plane crash

In this July 2, 2011 photo provided by the North Carolina National Guard, a crew member prepares a C-130 MAFFS 7 (Modular Airborne FireFighting System) cargo plane to battle a wildfire, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Officials on Monday, July 2, 2012, said a C-130 MAFFS based out of North Carolina has crashed while fighting wildfires in South Dakota. The plane went down about 6 p.m. Sunday in the southwest corner of South Dakota, where it had been dropping flame retardant on the 6-square-mile White Draw Fire. The cause of the crash is not known and the incident is under investigation. (AP Photo/North Carolina Air National Guard, Michael Wilber)

July 2, 2012 6:06:07 PM PDT
North Carolina flags will fly at half staff Tuesday to honor the Air National Guard members who died when a C-130 crashed while fighting wildfires in South Dakota on Sunday.

The plane was equipped with an airborne fire fighting system, also known as MAFFS.

Six airmen were on board. Our sister station in Charlotte WSOC reports four people were killed and two others were seriously injured.

The planes have been put on hold because of the deadly accident. Military officials said there is nothing wrong with the planes, but that they are simply "taking pause."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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