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SD gov. confirms 2nd death in wildfire plane crash

PIERRE, SD (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has confirmed a second death in the weekend crash of an Air Force tanker based in North Carolina that was helping fight a wildfire in the Black Hills.

Daugaard’s statement Tuesday did not identify the second victim. The family of Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal of Mooresville identified him as a victim on Monday.

The C-130 from an Air National Guard wing based in Charlotte was carrying a crew of six when it crashed Sunday evening while battling the White Draw Fire near Edgemont, in southwest South Dakota, that now encompasses nearly eight square miles.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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