PMR Attempts to Recover Plane Crash Victim
Wednesday, May 19, 2004  (Updated May 20, 2004)
One day after helping to save the life of a climber on Mount Hood, Portland Mountain Rescue participated in the attempt to recover the body of a local pilot who died in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon.  The 64-year-old man was the only person on board.
The plane went down in a remote area of Clackamas County, Oregon, near the town of Molalla, about 27 miles South of Portland.  Poor visibility prevented air searchers from finding the wreckage until Wednesday morning and the remote location hampered efforts to reach the scene.
Eight PMR rescuers, along with a team from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue and paramedics from American Medical Response, attempted to extract the pilot from the mangled wreckage on Wednesday afternoon but were unable to do so.
On Thursday, crews were able to remove the pilot's body and evacuate it from the crash site.  PMR was not requested to respond to the operations on Thursday.
Originally, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requested help from PMR due to the proximity of the crash site to cliffs and steep terrain.  Though Portland Mountain Rescue usually operates high on the Cascade Range volcanoes, it is not uncommon for the unit to participate in low elevation, high angle search and rescue missions.