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Inquiry begins into mercy flight crash
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AN Inquiry into a fatal air ambulance mercy flight heard the paramedic and pilot were on a mission to airlift a 10-year-old schoolboy who needed urgent treatment.

AN Inquiry into a fatal air ambulance mercy flight heard the paramedic and pilot were on a mission to airlift a 10-year-old schoolboy who needed urgent treatment.

The Loganair Islander aircraft with Captain Guy Henderson, 40, of Broxburn and Paisley man John McCreanor, 34, set off from Glasgow Airport before midnight on March 14, 2005, for Campbeltown, Argyllshire.

But at 1am the alarm was raised after contact between air traffic control and the doomed aircraft was lost.

The inquiry at Paisley Sheriff Court heard the men had responded to an emergency call-out to airlift the young patient suffering from appendicitis.

Loganair pilot Paul Deakin told how he had flown the same aircraft on another air ambulance mission earlier that day, to uplift a patient from the Isle of Bute.

They returned to Glasgow around 6.20pm.

The aircraft had been "working perfectly," he said.

The inquiry heard how Loganair had a strict code of practice in place involving safety and maintenance checks.

Aircraft would be checked on a daily basis, and be examined in more detail once a week.

Capt Alexander Holmes, 61, who trained Capt Henderson said there was no such thing as a "natural pilot" but, Mr Henderson came "as close as it gets."

The inquiry continues.



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