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Calif. lawmakers seek night flights to battle wildfires

The service stopped training pilots to fly at night in the 1980s after a series of fatal crashes in the late 1970s


By Patrick Reis
Environment and Energy Daily

LOS ANGELES — California Democrats yesterday pushed the Forest Service to redevelop the capacity to operate firefighting aircraft at night.

The service stopped training pilots to fly at night in the 1980s after a series of fatal crashes in the late 1970s, including a collision between a L.A. County helicopter and a Forest Service helicopter in 1977. Instead, the Forest Service depends on county governments and other partners for its overnight air needs.

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