TRAGEDY

4 Climbers Dead After McKinley Avalanche

An avalanche slid down Mount McKinley around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, leaving four Japanese climbers dead. The National Park Service confirmed Saturday that the climbers, ranging in age from 50 to 64, were dead. Those killed were part of a five-person Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation expedition who were descending an area called Motorcycle Hill when the avalanche swept them downward. Only one climber, 69-year-old Hitoshi Ogi, survived the fall with minor injuries.