Posted on November 10, 2010 at 11:05 PM
On May 30, 2002, three climbers were killed and four others injured when they fell into a crevasse on Mt. Hood. During the rescue and recovery operation, carried live on our air, there was a horrible crash of one of the rescue helicopters. This is the raw aircheck from that broadcast. The HH-60 Pave Hawk, piloted by Capt. Kelvin Scribner, drifted away from the rescue scene nosed down into the snow and then crashed, tumbing down the hill. What was amazing was that all aboard the copter survived due in part to the construction of the aircraft and in part because the soft snow cushioned the impact. The pilot later reported that he had piloted the aircraft away from the scene to minimize injuries on the ground.