US Forest Service to Consider Removal Options for Downed Plane on Mt. Hood in the Spring

Sandy, OR - The Mt. Hood National Forest has been coordinating with the Hood River County Sheriff, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and many others in response to the aircraft crash incident that recently occurred on Mt. Hood. The NTSB, with assistance from the FAA, is engaged in an ongoing investigation to understand the causal factors related to the crash, and assess any aviation safety issues that may be revealed through the investigation process.

The downed plane is located on extremely steep and snow-covered terrain on the side of Mt. Hood near Elliot Glacier in the Mt. Hood Wilderness. Given the altitude, slope, and remote nature of the crash site, any removal operation will be complicated and potentially dangerous, requiring the expertise of professionals both within and outside the Forest Service.

Our first priority is the health and safety of those involved in the removal operation; the risks to personnel outweigh the benefits for aircraft removal during the winter season and the hazardous weather that accompanies it. The Mt. Hood National Forest will form a team in the spring to assess the situation and develop options for the retrieval of the aircraft. At that time, Forest Service leadership will consider the recommendations and then issue a decision on how best to move forward. 

The employees of the Mt. Hood National Forest extend their condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Regis.