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August 21, 2009 - Crash of Firefighting Plane Kills Pilot

August 21, 2009 - Crash of Firefighting Plane Kills Pilot

A pilot whose plane crashed while fighting a Nevada wildfire died after being transported to a medical facility, state officials said.

The single-engine air tanker went down in a remote area about 45 miles east of Falon in the Clan Alpine mountain range, KTVN-TV in Reno reported.

The pilot, from Missoula, Mont., was helping fight a 1,300-acre fire that broke out early Thursday.

The aircraft, an Air Tractor 802, was owned by Montana-based Minutemen Aviation.

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