Crews recover body of pilot killed fighting blaze 

click to enlarge Yosemite National Park Rangers transfer the body of a Cal Fire pilot who was killed in an airplane crash in Yosemite National Park on Tuesday. Air tankers were grounded Wednesday in California after one of the aircraft crashed into a steep canyon wall while fighting a blaze in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, officials said. The formal ceremony included the Cal Fire Honor Guard and marked the transition from Yosemite National Park to Cal Fire. - AP PHOTO/AL GOLUB
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  • Yosemite National Park Rangers transfer the body of a Cal Fire pilot who was killed in an airplane crash in Yosemite National Park on Tuesday. Air tankers were grounded Wednesday in California after one of the aircraft crashed into a steep canyon wall while fighting a blaze in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, officials said. The formal ceremony included the Cal Fire Honor Guard and marked the transition from Yosemite National Park to Cal Fire.

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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