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Old 07-03-2012, 08:09 AM
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CHARLOTTE -- Officials gave an update from the North Carolina Air National Guard on the six crew members involved in a deadly plane crash in South Dakota this weekend. They confirmed four men died.
Lt. Col. Paul Mikael, 42, from Mooresville, Maj. Joseph McCormick, 36, of Belmont, Maj. Ryan David of Boone, 35, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon, 50, died in the crash.
Funeral arrangements for those victims are still pending and military officials say a memorial will be held in their memory.
Two survivors of the crash, including Josh Marlowe, who was a passenger on board, remain hospitalized and are seriously injured.
News 14 Carolina spoke with Mikeal before he left Saturday morning. He was excited, said his adrenaline was flowing, and they were ready for the mission. He also told us he knew it was dangerous and the altitude and terrain presented challenges.
We went to his home in Mooresville Monday and spoke with his brother-in-law. He told us the family is devastated right now and needed their time.
We also spoke with a neighbor who told us Mikeal has two young children. They are all shaken up by the news of his death.
“Very good man, very good man," said Mikeal's neighbor Brian Cram. "Good family man, good family man. Good dad, good husband. Shocking.”
As for one of the known survivors, Marlowe is 28 years old and has an 8-week-old baby. His father, brother and wife are by his side in a South Dakota hospital, where he is said to be in serious condition.
The crash is under investigation and there's no word on a possible cause. The crew of six was actively fighting a fire in southwest South Dakota when they went down. The Air National Guard says all C-130's with the same firefighting equipment are grounded until further notice.
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