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DNR grounds its planes and pilots after crash kills a fire-fighting monitor

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Wisconsin's natural resource agency is temporarily grounding its 10 airplanes and 11 pilots, after a crash killed a pilot who was tracking a wildfire.

Gov. Jim Doyle called Heath Van Handel, 36, of Appleton a courageous, experienced pilot.

Witnesses said his plane was circling the fire at a low altitude, when it took a steep dive to the ground.

It happened Wednesday in Wood County, 12 miles southwest of Marshfield.

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