Helicopter pilot killed in crash as he tried to help fight raging wildfires

A pilot has been killed after his helicopter crashed while he tried to battle wildfires raging across the American state of California.

Authorities say the pilot was the only person on board the aircraft, which was dropping water on the blaze below, when it crashed near the city of Coalinga, about 190 miles from San Francisco.

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