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Crash on Mt Hood...

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
A helicopter cashed on (literally on) Mt Hood today. It rolled down the mountain. It was on a rescue mission to save hikers who had fallen into a crevasse. The rescuers are dead, and the hikers are most likely dead also.
post #2 of 26
Just saw it on CNN. Amazing photography of the crash.
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
I got some more info. 3 climbers are dead and 6 are injured.
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post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
great pic. Early I said the rescuers were dead, but I have just heard they are not. There is not a whole lot of info on this subject yet.
post #6 of 26
God.

How horrible.

From the sound of it, this is a case of rescuers putting their lives on the line to try to save others who rescue people.

Here's hoping everyone possible makes it.

Bob
post #7 of 26
CNN no longer has free videos, but theres a video of the crash at msnbc.com
http://www.msnbc.com/news/759138.asp?pne=msn
Looks very bizarre, the chopper is hovering and then sways and crashes for no apparent reason.
post #8 of 26
The 304th of the 939th Air National Guard rescue squadron out of Portland lost 1 Pavehawk in a loss of lift crash. All crew have been cleared of the wreck and are receiving medical attention. At least three of the Pavehawk crew were injured and at least two seriously. An Air National Guard spokesman said that one ground rescue was also injured. Confirmation is at best sketchy, but this seems reasonable from the crash and the flying rotor debris. The craft appears to be structurally sound but on its top.

The Pavehawk crew was VERY lucky. The craft fell in just about the only place at that elevation were it could fall and roll to a stop within a few feet. Anywhere else and it would have rolled thousands of feet. Since the rescue area is immediately above Timberline, the Pavehawk, if it had fallen just a few yards to the south, could have caused significant damage to property or life by rolling through the Palmer Glacier lift at the ski area.

The original climbing parties included a local Fire and Rescue group on a climbing outing and at least one other group. The fact on these groups is very sketchy now but should firm up soon. At least three are dead from the initial fall into the cravasse and there are 3 or 4 who are seriously injured. I have heard that two more are less seriously injured.

Seems like a bad day on Mt. Hood, but May frequently means death and injury to climbers here.

[ May 30, 2002, 03:41 PM: Message edited by: Maddog1959 ]
post #9 of 26
How catastrophic! Are all PNW Bears accounted for?
post #10 of 26
If that's not enough bad news.
Rainer Climbers
post #11 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by 9.12 skier:
A helicopter cashed on (literally on) Mt Hood today. It rolled down the mountain. It was on a rescue mission to save hikers who had fallen into a crevasse. The rescuers are dead, and the hikers are most likely dead also.
Man... you should be more careful about throwing around false info... Saying people are dead when you don't know if they are can cause some serious psychological trauma for people who might know the rescuers.
I'm sure you meant no harm, but there's enough crap news online without us contributing.
post #12 of 26
When I first heard of the Mt.Hood accident this afternoon I thought they had the wrong volcano because of the Mt.Rainier incident yesterday and the body recovery carrying over into today.

Tragic.
post #13 of 26
Give my condolences to any involved
post #14 of 26
Apparently it all started when a roped party of two fell and slid down into a second roped group of three. Those 5 people then took out a third party of climbers, which included a 14 year-old. All 8 went into the crevasse. The father of the 14 year-old was below the crevasse with several other climbers and made the initial call for help. This info. comes from a news interview with the father.

The helicopter crew was preparing to winch up one of the strechers when they experienced difficulties. The pilot apparently realized that a crash was imminent and directed the craft away from the rescue area and released the winch cable in order to save the people on the ground.
post #15 of 26
I wonder what went wrong? Mechanical or maybe Weather.
post #16 of 26
I just saw two of the climbers being interviewed on MSNBC. This was the first time I'd heard of the incident today. I work nights and don't have the opportunity to watch the news. I read the paper this morning but there was no mention of the crash. I hadn't visited this site for a couple months but I knew I could count of the Bears for information on this crash. Way to go Bears!

P.S. I hope everyone involved has a good recovery.
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
chris_colaspe,
Don't tell me I'm throwin around false news. Tell MSNBC that. That was the info they first reported. I only say what I hear. This was made public before I posted.
post #18 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by 9.12 skier:
chris_colaspe,
Don't tell me I'm throwin around false news. Tell MSNBC that. That was the info they first reported. I only say what I hear. This was made public before I posted.
Point taken, but when you get down to it, it was false, and you were throwing it around. so you were throwing around false news, whether or not it was thrown to you first. And something tell sme MSNBC probably said " we believe", or "reports indicate", or something to that effect. Huge multinational broadcasting corporations tend to be a little more careful with their verbage then you were. If you plan to try to defend your statement rather than simply saying "Oops, I made a mistake, sorry for spreading inaccurate news...", you should think it all the way through first.
post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
chris_colaspe,
Quote:
Point taken, but when you get down to it, it was false, and you were throwing it around. so you were throwing around false news, whether or not it was thrown to you first.
First of all, when I made the first post it was not false news. I said what MSNBC told me. So I didnt know it was false. Did you happen to read the 5th post? I said the rescuers were not dead. I think you need to think your posts all the way through before you say stuff. Your posts were not needed.
post #20 of 26
Take your bickering and PM each other with it and stop whacking each other where others have to read it.
Thank you for being considerate.
post #21 of 26
Quote:
Originally posted by Bonni:
Take your bickering and PM each other with it and stop whacking each other where others have to read it.
Thank you for being considerate.
You too.
post #22 of 26
Point taken.
Apologies to all.
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
lol
post #24 of 26
what the hell is wrong with us. Must be June.
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post #26 of 26
As both a pilot and an avid outdoors person, to see the video of that chopper rolling down the slope made my heart stop. Knowing it was on a rescue mission, and then itself becoming the cause of another rescue mission is unfathomable!

My best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured, and condolences to the families of the deceased.

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