RNLI assist plane crash search

RNLB Inchape 12-35
RNLB Inchape 12-35

A multi-agency search response launched on Sunday after a light aircraft scheduled to land at Dundee airport was initially thought to have come down in the River Tay area.

A request for assistance was received from HM Coastguard and Arbroath’s all-weather lifeboat, RNLB Inchcape, was launched at 1.50 p.m.

Upon reaching the search area, the Arbroath crew joined a search of the water with Broughty Ferry lifeboat, which had also launched.

Sea conditions were extremely challenging for the crews, with a four metre swell, high winds and driving rain to contend with.

After approximately an hour and a half of searching the Arbroath lifeboat was stood down when the plane’s suspected location centred on an inland area west of Dundee.

The plane’s wreckage was located approximately 10 miles west of the city’s airport, close to the village of Abernyte. There were two fatalities in the crash. Police Scotland said: “The two male occupants of the aircraft have been found to be deceased. Police Scotland are investigating the incident along with partner agencies. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”