Category Archives: Aircraft incidents

The Ben Lui Jaguar crash 27 November 1979

The RAF Mountain Rescue are there to recover aircrew from crashed aircraft and also work with the Air Investigation Board (AIB) after van incident. This can happen on any high mountainous ground after an aircraft is located can be on … Continue reading

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Viscount aircraft crash Ben More Crianlarich 19 Jan 1973

One of my first aircraft searches was for a Missing Viscount aircraft from Glasgow airport that crashed on Ben More (Crainlarich) in the winter 19 -23 January 1973. The aircraft was on a short air test from Glasgow. The two … Continue reading

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Unsung unassuming Heroes within RAF Mountain Rescue.

In the military its usually the Leaders that get rewarded as that is how the establishment see it. I always thought that any recognition should be to the whole team. One of these is my old mate Joss Gosling one … Continue reading

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Why were the old aircraft wrecks not removed from the mountain crash sites. The Canberra on Carn an’t – Sagiart Mor near Lochnagar?

I received a question through the blog that I had been asked before! “Hi Heavy. Interesting to read your blog on the Canberra wreckage on Carn an-t- Sagairt Mor in the White Mounth area. (Nov 1956 Search for a missing … Continue reading

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Loch Ness Wellington aircraft 2020.

On New Years Eve in 1940 a training flight went horribly wrong when a Wellington Bomber N2980 suffered engine failure and plunged into Loch Ness. Most of the crew was ordered to bail out, leaving the Captain and a second pilot … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day thoughts. Hill visits to plane crashes. The Lancaster on Beinn Eighe, the Anson on Assynt and the Wellington Crash on An Lurg.

The Poppy badge worn with pride and with thoughts of friends who are no longer with us. This one is with the badge of the RAF Mountain Rescue and is very special to me. Many will know that I visit … Continue reading

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Various types of travelling to Rescues !

Over the years I travelled to rescues by the usual methods land rovers and in the back of a 4 tonner. Later it became helicopters. In the Desert Rescue it was by Andover aircraft with drops into the desert. Later … Continue reading

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Visit to the Shackleton crash site 30 years after the tragedy.

Yesterday I visited the crash site at Maodal 30 years after the accident. It was a lovely day the sun was out and it’s only about an hours walk up from the wee car park below the hill. It was … Continue reading

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The Isle of Harris a trip down memory lane ?

I am so lucky just now I am in Harris the weather yesterday was perfect. We left the day before and had a superb night in Dunvegan then on to the Ferry at Uig next day. The drive from home … Continue reading

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The Ben Lui Jaguar crash 1979 and the Shackleton on Harris 1990 lessons learned.

The RAF Mountain Rescue Team and the other RAF teams are there to recover aircrew from crashed aircraft and also work with the Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) after an incident at times this can be on steep and difficult … Continue reading

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