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Air tanker crash kills pilot near Emmett

A Bureau of Land Management fire truck waits in a garage bay at the Vale BLM office. A pilot of an air tanker contracted with the BLM crashed near Emmett Tuesday, killing its pilot. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons).

EMMETT – Federal officials are investigating the crash of a single-engine air tanker Tuesday evening that killed its pilot near the Schill Fire burning south of Emmett.

A news release from the Bureau of Land Management said Ricky Fulton, was the pilot of the T-857 aircraft owned by Aero S.E.A.T. Incorporated and was under contract with the BLM Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. The crash occurred around 7 p.m. the BLM said.

The pilot and aircraft were based at the Ontario Air Tanker facility managed by the Vale . . .