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Two Dead CDF Firefighters Indentified

Springville, CA — 52 year old contract pilot George Willett of Hanford and 36 year old Battalion Chief Robert Paul Stone of Visalia have positively been identified as the two victims of a C.D.F. plane crash at approximately 10:25am Wednesday in the Tulare County foothills.

The two were helping to battle a blaze in the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest approximately 170 miles north of Los Angeles. They were flying in an OV-10 airtactical plane. That crash ignited a three-acre wildfire which was quickly extinguished.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the cause of that crash.

Written by Bill Johnson