Pas­sen­ger and pi­lot es­cape un­in­jured af­ter forced land­ing near Kin­lochleven

The Oban Times - - LOCHABER TIMES -

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.

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