California: Death in Trinity Mountains

Alvin F. Oien, 59, was hopping his single-engine Cessna from Portland, Ore., to San Francisco last March 11 when he crashed. Remarkably, no one was killed: Oien was cut up, an arm and some ribs broken; his wife, Phyllis, 44, had a broken arm and ankle, and his stepdaughter, Carla Corbus, 15, was badly bruised. They were stranded 4,500 feet up, in northern California's Trinity Mountains. Luckily, Phyllis, a Northwestern University graduate, was a trained nurse, and Oien, a rough, resourceful logger who had worked his way up to ownership of a Portland hotel, was an experienced outdoorsman.

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