California reactivates firefighting airplanes

Oct 10, 2014 1:04 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California officials have reactivated the state's 22 firefighting air tankers days after one of the aircraft crashed in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Janet Upton said Friday the department lifted the safety stand-down for the twin-engine S-2T airplanes after federal investigators approved letting the planes fly.

CalFire officials had said the planes would remain grounded until the National Transportation Safety Board preliminarily determined the crash on Tuesday wasn't related to mechanical problems that could affect other aircraft.

The planes were grounded after pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt was killed when his plane smashed into a steep canyon wall while dropping retardant on a fire near the park's west entrance.

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