Major Ryan S. David, a 1995 graduate of Bellevue East High School, died while fighting a woodland fire in Southwestern South Dakota.
The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. mountain time near Edgemont, S.D., as the crew assisted with battling what is being called the White Draw fire. The cause of the crash is unknown and is under investigation.
David was an experienced navigator and was also assigned to the 156th. He joined the North Carolina Air National Guard in 2011 after prior service in the active-duty U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife and one child.
3 other people from the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard were also killed in the crash.