Fatal plane crash in SD grounds key part of nation’s firefighting fleet

July 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm in The Daily Republic

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The deadly crash of a military cargo plane fighting a South Dakota wildfire forced officials to ground seven other Air Force air tankers, removing critical firefighting aircraft from the skies during one of the busiest and most destructive wildfire seasons ever to hit the West.
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