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RAF Tornado crashes in Argyll, Scotland July 09

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posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 07:02 AM
BBC News

An RAF Tornado has crashed in Argyll, police have confirmed.

The plane is understood to have come down on a hillside near the Rest and be Thankful at Arrochar - about two miles to the west of Loch Lomond.

The plane is believed to be from RAF Leuchars, in Fife. No civilians are thought to have been hurt.

There are no details on the condition of the pilot and navigator. Strathclyde Police were alerted to the incident at about 1145 BST on Thursday.

An ambulance spokeswoman said two crews were at the scene.

A specialist operations team was also on its way.

First crash in long while for the Tornado

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 08:10 AM
Oh my from the future.

Might want to change the topic headline there...seems misleading that its for July 9th.

[edit on 2-7-2009 by XKrossX]

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 11:24 AM
Looks like the two crew members were killed in this crash

Two RAF air crew have been killed after a Tornado jet crashed during a training flight in Argyll. The plane came down on a hillside near the Rest and Be Thankful beauty spot in Glen Kinglass, near Arrochar, at about 1145 BST.


posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 02:48 PM
From a Norwegian site, bigger picture of debri field:

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 02:53 PM
I work just along the road from the crash site, made for a hell of a detour on the way home.

alot of the eye witness accounts are nonsense though, especially when they talk about the planes rarely flying so low, or that they are only "fairly" regular around these parts.

it's nearly a daily occurance to see fast jets around Loch Long and Loch Fyne, nice and low, yesterday it was Hawks, they doubled back and seemed to come in even closer for a nosey at the house we're building.
today it was tornados.

Was bad weather this morning, dense low cloud and heavy heavy rain showers

Thoughts are with the familys

posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 07:59 PM
Firstly condolences to the families and friends of the two airmen who lost their lives.
It goes to show that even in our hi-tech age, weather is such a dangerous factor in flying, even with a bird as sturdy and well made as the Tornado.


posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 09:10 PM

off-topic post removed to prevent thread-drift


posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 09:22 PM
Rest in peace.

and be thankful.

two lives lost in training may be many more saved in combat.

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 06:33 PM
The RAF has a tradition of very aggressive terrain masking low level flight, and it's risky stuff even in peacetime. They are acknowledged experts in low level tactics, and that does not come without a cost. Whatever happened probably happened way too quickly for them to eject.

Very sad for the aircrew killed and their families, it's a pity, but these guys know the risk they are taking, and died doing their duty.

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 06:43 PM
reply to post by XKrossX


we in the UK use the date format 04/07/09 not 07/04/09 you might like to realise that before posting ?

posted on Jul, 3 2009 @ 07:33 PM
Condolences to the flight crews family

Yes it has been a long time since one has crashed.


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