The last time there were this many heavy tanker accidents in this short of time the federal government grounded all of the aircraft for a couple of fire seasons.
One fatal crash and another crashlanding within hours should be sufficient to raise the question of whether the big bombers should be retired.
There is no doubt that the big tankers are the most effective aerial means of extinguishing a wildfire in the wilderness.
A single run by a big tanker can dump nearly three times the fire retardant as a single engine air tanker. The smaller aircraft can work out …