Officials Release Name of Pilot Killed in Dog Rock Fire Plane Crash

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On Tuesday evening a pilot fighting the Dog Rock Fire in an S-2T air tanker was killed in a plane crash.

The pilot who was lost in the fight was Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, 62, of San Jose. Hunt was a 13-year veteran pilot of Dyncorp International under contract with CAL FIRE.

“We continue to mourn the tragic loss of Craig,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “We know wildland fighting is an inherently dangerous job, but Craig made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s family during this difficult time,” said Jeff Cavarra, program director for DynCorp International.

As of Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board has assumed command of the investigation and CAL FIRE continues to support them.