Fire-Fighting Planes Grounded over Safety 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.
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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.