A memorial service is scheduled for the four North Carolina Air National Guard airmen killed when their plane crashed while fighting a wildfire.
Officials say only the airmen's families, invited guests and members of the 145th Airlift Wing will be allowed to attend the private service Tuesday at the unit's base in Charlotte. A television crew will broadcast the ceremony.
Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal, Maj. Joseph McCormick, Maj. Ryan David and Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon all died July 1 when their C-130 crashed while fighting a wildfire in the South Dakota Black Hills. Two crewmen were injured.
Among the state officials attending will be Gov. Bev Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, the Democratic candidate for governor and Pat McCrory, the Republican contender for governor.