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Investigation underway after air tanker crashes in Lake Livingston while responding to wildfires

Officials say the pilot is in good health and did not receive any injures from the crash.

POLK COUNTY, Texas — An investigation is underway after a Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Boss Single Engine Air Tanker/Scooper crashed in Lake Livingston as it was responding to wildfires in Polk County.

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Tuesday as the agency was assisting on multiple new wildfires in the Corrigan area. They use several aircrafts to assist with extinguishing fires. 

Officials say the pilot was rescued and was treated on the shore. 

"The pilot's emergency procedures training helped the pilot react quickly and safely extricate from the aircraft," the TAMFS said.

Texas A&M Forest Service uses federal aviation contracts through the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for all firefighting aircraft.

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