Flags lowered to honor NC-based crew in wildfire plane crash


    WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Flags at state buildings across North Carolina were lowered today in honor of the Charlotte-based crew of an Air National Guard plane that crashed over the weekend.

    The military says four crew members died in that crash fighting a fire in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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    The North Carolina Air National Guard said Tuesday the other two crew members were injured.

    The dead are Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon. All were from North Carolina.

    The crash prompted the military to temporarily ground the seven remaining Air Force tankers used in firefighting.

    Six tankers were cleared to resume flying Tuesday. The seventh, which was also part of the North Carolina Air National Guard, returned to its home base.