Passenger and pilot escape uninjured after forced landing near Kinlochleven
TWO MEN had a lucky escape when their light aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing near a remote loch close to Kinlochleven.
The Piper Cub came down on Friday afternoon and ended up stuck in a bog, several hundred metres south of Loch Chiarain, close to the Blackwater Reservoir. The incident is being investigated by experts from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
Police Scotland told the Lochaber Times that while it is aware of the aircraft’s emergency landing, officers are not involved in the inquiry into what happened. The pilot and passenger were uninjured in the forced landing and were later picked up by an Inverness Coastguard helicopter and flown to Oban Airport.
After the aircraft got into trouble, its pilot had issued a ‘pan-pan’, an emergency call, which was received by staff at the Distress and Diversion Emergency Centre, based at RAF Swanwick, near Southampton. It was picked up by air traffic controllers at Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire and the crew of an easyJet passenger plane is also understood to have relayed the distress call to the Distress and Diversion Emergency Centre.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed the incident had been reported to it and it was now conducting inquiries. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigates civil aircraft accidents and incidents within the UK, its overseas territories and crown dependencies. Its purpose is to improve aviation safety globally by determining the causes of air accidents and serious incidents and making safety recommendations intended to prevent recurrence.
Meanwhile, the Mountain Bothies Association is reported to have received an inquiry about use of the bothy near to the scene of Friday’s landing site by the aircraft’s owner when attempts are made to remove it.