A man who grew up in Clinton was killed when a North Carolina-based Air National Guard C-130 crashed in South Dakota.
The plane was being used to battle a wildfire in the southwestern part of the state when it went down Sunday night.
The Associated Press reports that the family of Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal confirmed that they were notified early Monday that he had died in the crash. The 42-year-old married father of two was a veteran of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mikeal lived in Mooresville, N.C. NBC station WCNC reported that he departed for South Dakota on Saturday.
Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough said that Lt. Col. Mikeal was raised in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School.
Mikeal's mother lives in Clinton. She was notified of her son's death by the UT Air Force ROTC and Clinton Police, Scarbrough said.
The plane was attached to the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C.
Monday afternoon, the Pentagon temporarily grounded the aircraft from firefighting duties.
The Associated Press and USA Today contributed to this report.