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Air Force Plane Crashes Battling SD Forest Fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An Air Force cargo plane has crashed while fighting a wildfire in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but there's no official word on death or injury.
    
U.S. Northern Command says the C-130 crashed Sunday. It had been dropping fire retardant on the blaze.
    
David Eaker of the Great Basin Incident Management Team says six people were aboard. No other information has been released, including the plane's home base.
    
Fall River County, S.D., sheriff's officials told the Rapid City Journal (http://tinyurl.com/86dpvvc) three crew members were taken to a hospital. Northern Command said it could not comment.
    
Eight C-130s can be equipped to drop water or fire retardant. They're flown by Air Force National Guard and Reserve units from California, Colorado, North Carolina and Wyoming.
    
All were dispatched to Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., last week.

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