PMR Assists in Search for Missing Ultralight Pilot
Monday, February 11, 2002
At the request of the Clackamas County (Oregon) Sheriff, members of
Portland Mountain Rescue assembled in Sandy, Oregon, on Monday to
help search for a missing Ultralight plane and its 54-year-old pilot.
PMR was assigned to search a high-angle area near the end of the
runway in Sandy, in an approximate 300-foot drop off. However,
the mission ended in less than 2 hours when Boring, Oregon, tree
nursery workers found plane wreckage on their property.
The single-occupant plane apparently crashed at the tree nursery
about halfway between its takeoff point in Sandy and its intended
destination in Orient, Oregon. Unfortunately, the pilot was
killed in the crash.
Upon the suspension of the search, several PMR members immediately left for
Central Oregon's Mount Bachelor to join in the day's second mission - a
search for a missing snowboarder.