Forest Will Determine How To Retrieve Downed Plane In The Spring
Mt. Hood National Forest officials say they will develop options for retrieving a plane that crashed into Mt. Hood near Elliot Glacier in the spring. In a written statement, forest officials say risks to personnel outweigh the benefits for recovery of the aircraft during winter weather. The downed plane is on extremely steep and snow-covered terrain in the Mt. Hood Wilderness, which complicates any removal operation. The Forest, which has been working with the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office in the aftermath of the crash, plans to form a team in the spring to assess the situation and develop options to retrieve the aircraft.