Crews recover body of pilot killed fighting blaze

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The body of an air tanker pilot killed while fighting a fire in Yosemite National Park has been removed from the crash site and turned over to state fire officials.

KFSN-TV reports (http://abc30.tv/1seexIy) that a procession accompanied the pilot’s flag-draped body down a highway on Wednesday, a day after the crash. An honor guard was on hand as it was turned over to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials.

The pilot, a contractor who worked for Calfire for more than 13 years, was identified as 62-year-old Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, of San Jose. He died on Tuesday when his air tanker crashed into a steep canyon wall.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but officials say the weather at the time was clear and the winds were calm.

 

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