California grounds air tankers after deadly crash

Created: 10/08/2014 10:21 AM

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials have grounded air tankers after one of the aircraft crashed while fighting a blaze in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot.

State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said Wednesday the agency normally does such a safety stand-down after a crash.

It was not clear how long the planes would be out of service.

The agency has about 22 S-2T air tankers. Smith said other aircraft are still available to assist with fires.

The crash on Tuesday killed a pilot whose name has not been released.

Smith said rescue crews plan to recover the body on Wednesday.

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