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March 29, 2004
National Guard search and rescue teams locate downed plane
 
Salem - An Army National Guard UH-60 “Blackhawk” helicopters was dispatched at approximately 3pm Pacific time for a search and rescue operation in the Three Sisters Wilderness area near Three Finger Jack Mountain in the Cascades.
 
The downed civilian plane is believed to be privately owned, is blue and white in color, and is believed to have 3 people on board. Early reports state that the aircraft looks to be intact.
 
The downed civilian plane is believed to be privately owned, is blue and white in color, and is believed to have 3 people on board. Early reports state that the aircraft looks to be intact. The helicopter and crew are based at the Oregon Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Ore. The aircraft is being piloted by Maj. Mark Ulvin, and copiloted by Capt. Brian Houston. The crew chief is Staff Sgt. James Tourney, and the flight medic is Sgt. Patrick Casha.
 
A second helicopter and crew are standing by in case they are needed on scene.
 
For more information contact:
 
Kay Fristad
(503) 584-3917
(503) 931-5179 Cell