Oban MRT was called out yesterday at 3.15 pm to search for a light aircraft reported missing over the hills north of Glen Kinglass. This followed the earlier deployment of Oban Lifeboat to search Loch Etive and the slopes of the hills visible below the low cloud base. An advance party including the Team Leader drove to a an elevated position on the track overlooking Ardmaddy at the entrance to Glen Kinglass known from experience to provide the best VHF and mobile coverage in an area where communications are very difficult. Meanwhile five team members were airlifted from the Police command position at Inverawe Smokery by the Royal Navy Sea King Rescue 177, which had been carrying out a low-level search of the hills. The group was dropped on the hill after a hover-taxi up into the cloud at a point east of the summit of Beinn nan Lus (709m) in the area where the aircraft was believed to have gone down and started a line search up to the summit and on the slopes to the west.

As members of Arrochar and Strathpol MRT’s arrived to join the search they were deployed in groups of 5 by R177 to a range of positions east of Beinn nan Lus. Further Oban MRT members made their way onto the hill west of Beinn nan Lus from Gen Kinglass. At about 8.00 pm the Oban team located the wreckage of the aircraft and the bodies of the two people on board. They stayed at the scene until a group of five Police MRT arrived to secure the site at 11.30 pm, and made their way off the hill to Glen Kinglass where a vehicle had been positioned. Home at 2.00am.

All our thoughts are with the casualties and with their families at this time of great distress.

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