GOVERNMENT CAMP, Oregon (CNN) -- A military helicopter crashed while attempting to rescue climbers who fell into a crevasse on Mount Hood -- a rescue operation that one official said went "from bad to worse."
Nine climbers making their way to Mount Hood's 11,237-foot (3,408-meter) summit as part of a larger group fell into the crevasse Thursday morning. Three were killed, and another three were critically injured.
Rescue helicopters evacuated two of the injured hikers early on. But as the military rescue chopper was attempting to reach the rest, it crashed and tumbled down the mountain, critically injuring at least one of the five crew members aboard, authorities said.
All those injured on the mountain were pulled to safety, officials said.
The bodies of the dead hikers also were being retrieved, with that process expected to be completed on Friday.
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