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Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, We Salute Pilot of Cal-Fire Tanker Airplane That Died in Crash

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Fugitive Watch salutes Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt for making the ultimate sacrifice serving the people of California. (continued below video)

Video Newscast of Honor Guard Removing Body of Craig Hunt

The pilot of an air tanker that crashed in Yosemite National Park while responding to a wildfire on Tuesday evening has been identified by Cal Fire officials as 62-year-old San Jose resident Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt.

Craig, a 13-year veteran pilot of Dyncorp International, which is under contract with Cal Fire, left from Hollister and was responding to the Dog Rock Fire when officials lost contact with the plane late Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency personnel were able to find the crash site on Tuesday night and determined Craig had died, Cal Fire officials said.

“We continue to mourn the tragic loss of Craig,” Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director, said in a statement. “We know wildland firefighting is an inherently dangerous job, but Craig made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Dog Rock Fire was reported around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday between the Yosemite National Park boundary and Arch Rock Entrance Station, according to National Park Service officials.

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