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Memorial held for mountain crash

Posted 16 March 2011
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Memorial held for mountain crash
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A memorial service has been held for an incident when a Lancaster bomber crashed into a Scottish mountain 50 years ago this week.

The fatal accident in 1951 on Beinn Eighe has led to the site on the mountain being renamed Fuselage Gully and the commemoration also marked the fact that the event led to both the development of national nature reserves and better Mountain Rescue services.

Former RAF Kinloss team leader Peter McGowan explained: "Back then the team was just in its infancy, but the Lancaster tragedy was key to it becoming the highly-equipped and trained unit it is today."

And those heading up the mountain in walking boots will note it is a national nature reserve, bought by Nature Conservancy - the forerunners to Scottish National Heritage - shortly after the accident.

Those who like to go walking may spot crash sites with wreckage remaining at many locations around the UK.

Another example is the wreckage of a Second World War Wellington bomber, which crashed on Wetherlam in the Lake District.