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Tuesday, 13 August, 2002, 05:17 GMT 06:17 UK
MP calls for plane crash report
The wrecked plane
The pilots issued a Mayday call citing engine failure
An MP is demanding to know why a report has still to be issued on the mail plane crash in his constituency 18 months ago.

Two crewmen died when the aircraft plunged into the Firth of Forth just after it took off from Edinburgh bound for Belfast.

The wreckage of the Shorts 360 D was recovered from the water along with its flight recorders.

Russell Dixon, 29, from Abingdon, in Oxfordshire and Carl Mason, 58, from Ayr, were killed when the Royal Mail plane, operated by Loganair, plunged into the estuary.

The wrecked plane's tail
The plane plunged into the estuary

The incident has been scrutinised by experts from the UK Government's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

A spokesman said a report would be published as soon as findings were complete.

But the MP for West Edinburgh, John Barrett, said a report should have been published by now.

According to police, the pilots issued a Mayday call citing a double engine failure minutes before crashing 100 metres from the shoreline near Granton harbour.

Loganair, a privately-owned company with a fleet of 14 aircraft serving 25 destinations in Scotland, has been working with officials from the AAIB.

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