Pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt, 62, crashes air tanker while fighting wildfires near Yosemite National Park, along 1-40
Modified Date:Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:51pm
Accident Date:Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Officials are still trying to notify the pilot's next of kin - who are out of state. He leaves behind a wife and children. CAL FIRE says it has now secured the crash site and will be cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board on the investigation.
Hunt was a 13-year veteran pilot of DynCorp International under contract with Calfire.
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The wing of a firefighting aircraft might have hit a tree and broken off before the tanker crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, federal investigators said Wednesday.
reported erroneously that the aircraft was manufactured in 2001. It was built in the 1950s as an anti-submarine plane, retrofitted in the 1970s to fight fires and then rebuilt in 2001.
Geoffrey "Craig” Hunt, 62, a bay area air tanker pilot crashed into a canyon wall on the edge of Yosemite National Park while fighting a wildfire. He was the only person inside the plane. The incident occured near route 1-40, leading towards Yosemite, on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. All of Cal Fire's 23 air tankers were ordered to the ground for inspections until at least Wednesday.
Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt
City:Yosemite Village, CA
County:Mariposa County, CA