Broughty man killed in air accident

INQUIRIES are continuing into a microlight plane accident on Saturday afternoon which claimed the lives of two men, one of whom was from Broughty Ferry.

The accident happened when the microlight crashed near the summit of Ben More, near Crianlarich, in Stirlingshire.

The victims were Dave Martin, of Kinghorn, Fife, and Alan McCaskie, of Broughty Ferry. Both were members of the Scottish Aero Club based at Perth Airport and had been travelling to the Isle of Mull with three other aircraft.

It is believed that their friends had been flying ahead of the pair and had been unaware of the tragedy.

Mr McCaskie’s wife, Lorna, was too upset to speak to the press but the family issued a statement which read: “We are grieving for the loss of Alan McCaskie who we tragically lost yesterday in the microlight accident on Ben More near Crianlarich.

“We are struggling to come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful man who was taken from us all too suddenly.”

Ben More is a 3,851 foot Munro in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Graeme Hammond, a committee member of the Scottish Aero Club, said that four aircraft were flying to a grass airstrip at Glen Forsa on Mull. The other aircraft in the group arrived at Oban and Dave and Alan failed to turn up.

He stated: “They received a telephone message that an aircraft had come down, but there was no positive identification until they got back to Perth.”

Mr Martin was club secretary and had joined in 2000. Mr McCaskie had joined last year and was a student pilot. The aircraft, a Qwik flexwing microlight, was his and was being flown by Mr Martin who was a very experienced pilot.

Mr Hammond extended the condolences of the club to both families.