Two firefighters died in an aviation accident after their plane went down while surveying the Cedar Basin wildfire burning near Wikieup, Arizona, officials said on Saturday.
Fire officials said the crash involved a Beechcraft King Air C-90 air attack aircraft that had been performing aerial reconnaissance and command and control over the fire burning in Mohave County.
Both crew members on board did not survive. One of the victims was identified as Fire Chief Jeff Piechura, 62, and the other was 48-year-old pilot Matthew Miller.
Piechura worked for the Coronado National Forest, and Miller was a fire pilot contracted by the U.S. Forest Service.
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