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Air Force Rescue Helicopter Crashes on Mount Hood

Thursday, 30 May 2002 12:00 AM

Portland television station KATU said four crew members were aboard the helicopter. At least two were reported seriously injured.

The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter was taking part in a mission to bring out nine members of a climbing party who fell into a crevasse about 800 feet from the top of the 11,240-foot mountain. Three of the climbers were killed in the fall, and three were injured.

The injured climbers and helicopter crew members were taken to hospitals in Portland, about 50 miles away, said Angela Blanchard of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Department. By late evening, the rescuers were working to recover the three bodies.

Authorities told KATU that the thin air near the summit might have contributed to the aircraft getting too close to the mountainside and then clipping the rocks with its rotor.

The rescue call came a day after three climbers died on Mount Rainier in Washington. Two of the victims died when a snow cave they had constructed collapsed. The third was killed when she fell into a hidden crevasse.

Though it is nearly June, the mountains of the Pacific Northwest still have a large amount of snow on them, which can hide the deadly crevasses.

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