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July 3rd, 2012
06:55 AM ET

Military grounds C-130 firefighting planes after fatal South Dakota crash – Jim Spellman reports

(CNN) - The U.S. Air Force is grounding all firefighting-equipped C-130 planes after the fatal crash of one in southwestern South Dakota, the military said Monday.

Air Force spokesman Todd Spitler announced that C-130s with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, or MAFFS, won't fly until further notice. The South Dakota crash follows another crash of a non-military firefighing air tanker, along the Nevada-Utah border, several weeks earlier.

On "Early Start" this morning, CNN's Jim Spellman explains why the military decided to ground the plane, and how Colorado wildfire officials may have to change their strategy to account for the loss of the planes.


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