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A Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota, USA PDF Print E-mail
Status: Preliminary
Date: 01 JUL 2012
Time: ca 18:30
Type: Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Operator: United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 92-1454
C/n / msn: 5333
First flight: 1993
Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Written off
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: nr Edgemont, SD (United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Military
Departure airport: Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS) (COS/KCOS), United States of America
Destination airport: Colorado Springs-Peterson Field, CO (COS) (COS/KCOS), United States of America
Narrative:
A Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) equipped C-130 transport aircraft supporting firefighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota, USA. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire.
US Air Force officials have not yet issued a statement about the fate of the six crew members. The family of one crew member said that military officers told them just two of the six people on board survived.

MAFFS is a joint U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Forest Service program designed to provide additional aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private airtankers are no longer able to meet the needs of the forest service.
MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system owned by the U.S. Forest Service that can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 July 2012 )