National Guard identifies airmen killed in C-130 crash
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Four airmen died and two others were seriously injured when a C-130 being used to battle the Colorado wildfires crashed on Sunday.
The North Carolina Air National Guard announced that Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, 42, of Mooresville, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, 36, of Belmont, Maj. Ryan S. David, 35, of Boone, Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, 50, of Charlotte, died after their plane crashed while fighting a wildfire in Southwestern South Dakota.
Mikeal was assigned to the 156th Airlift Squadron as an evaluator pilot and had more than 20 years of service. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
McCormick was an instructor pilot and chief of training for the 156th Airlift Squadron. He was married with four children.
David was an experienced navigator and was also assigned to the 156th. He joined the North Carolina Air National Guard in 2011 after prior service in the active-duty U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife and one child.
Cannon had more than 29 years with the Charlotte unit and was a flight engineer with the145th Operations Support Flight. He was married with two children.
The names of the two injured have not be released. Both airmen remain hospitalized after sustaining injuries.