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Fire-Fighting Planes Grounded over Safety

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Fire-Fighting Planes Grounded over Safety

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Fire-Fighting Planes Grounded over Safety

Fire-Fighting Planes Grounded over Safety

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The federal government's grounding of 33 air tankers used for fighting wildfires leaves forestry officials scrambling for craft to use in combating the fire season, which has just begun. A National Transportation Safety Board report questioned the planes' airworthiness in late April. The Forest Service says replacing the planes will cost at least $26 million. NPR's Howard Berkes reports.