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US Government grounds 33 firefighting planes

Washington, USA - Forestal service says the aircraft are risky

The US Government has grounded the firefighting fleet of 33 air tankers, saying the safety of the aging aircraft cannot be assured. The Forest Service and the Interior Department are terminating contracts with private companies for use of the former military aircraft that had been powerful weapons against wildfires. The government said Monday other aircraft would do the jobs that the air tankers had...

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