Why do hurricane hunters fly?

10:49 AM, Jun 1, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Did you know planes have crashed flying into hurricanes?  

Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance flights are very routine but also dangerous. Three Air Force airplanes have gone down in Pacific Ocean typhoons, and one Navy plane in a Caribbean hurricane. All 36 men aboard the four airplanes were lost.

10 News meteorologist Mark Collins talks to a Tampa NOAA pilot who says he nearly had to ditch is plane into the Atlantic once when an engine caught fire.