California planes cleared to resume battling Colorado wildfires
Two firefighting aircraft sent to Colorado from the California Air National Guard, grounded Monday after a crash by a similar plane from North Carolina, have been cleared to resume operations, officials said Tuesday.
The two C-130J planes from the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing, from the Channel Islands station, were grounded along with five other C-130s from guard units from North Carolina, Wyoming and Colorado, as a precaution.
A C-130 from the North Carolina Air National Guard crashed early Sunday night in South Dakota, killing four and critically injuring two crew members.
The remaining North Carolina aircraft and crew have been cleared to return to their home base, officials said. Other aircraft are cleared to resume firefighting operations, officials said.
A C-130 is equipped to drop 3,000 gallons of water or retardant.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego