California pilot dies in crash fighting wildfire
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - Authorities say a pilot is dead after his air tanker crashed while fighting a California wildfire near Yosemite National Park.
State fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith says Tuesday night that rescue crews reached the wreckage of the crash and confirmed the pilot's death several hours after the plane went down.
The pilot's family has requested no name be released until all immediate family members can be notified.
Witnesses say the plane smashed into a canyon wall about 4:30 p.m. and virtually disintegrated on impact.
The pilot is believed to be the only person aboard the air tanker.