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Tanker pilot's body recovered as Yosemite fire battle continues
Tanker pilot's body recovered as Yosemite fire battle continues

As investigators arrived Wednesday to determine the cause of a fatal air tanker crash at Yosemite National Park, officials temporarily grounded the Cal Fire airplane fleet and rescuers retrieved the pilot's body from a steep canyon. Geoffrey Craig Hunt, 62, of San Jose, died Tuesday in the crash as he battled the Dog Rock fire just inside the park's west entrance. In keeping with wildland firefighting tradition, a rescuer kept vigil with the body overnight on the steep slope of a 2,500-foot granite crag, officials said. At dawn Wednesday, a Yosemite search and rescue team hiked to the site to retrieve the body, which was brought down and placed on a flag-draped gurney, into...

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