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6 airmen on plane that went down fighting Edgemont fire; 1 dead

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A plane crashed Sunday when it was helping fight the White Draw fire in Edgemont, South Dakota. The airmen and the plane were from the North Carolina Air National Guard based out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Air National Guard is not releasing the exact location of the crash, but we do know the plane went down near Edgemont.

We have confirmed at least one person died, others have been seriously hurt.

We do know the plane was flying just 150 feet in the air. The Century Link building in downtown Sioux Falls is a 174 feet tall so the plane was flying just a little lower than what the Century Link building stands. It wasn't far off the ground.

The C-130 plane was spraying fire retardant on the wildfire. The fire retardant keeps the fire from advancing.

Six people were on the plane when it went down. The North Carolina Air National Guard held a press conference Monday. We don't know if weather was a factor in this crash but there was a thunderstorm that moved through the Edgemont area Sunday night. During that press conference, officials say it's challenging flying over a wildfire because you're dealing with smoke and different temperatures but the men and women are trained.

"These crews are very confident. They enjoy this mission, it's a very important mission and they take it and train very seriously, they train very hard," Lt. Colonel Robert Carver said.

We don't know what caused this plane to go down Sunday. We should know more in the next few weeks or months.

Tuesday, we should learn about the survivors of this crash.

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