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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 16:32 GMT
Rescue helicopter still stranded
Cairngorm mountain rescue
The rescue team were evacuated from the mountain
A helicopter which was forced to make an emergency landing after its rotors iced up during a rescue will remain stuck on a mountain for a second night.

The Royal Air Force said conditions were too bad to recover the aircraft, which will be guarded overnight.

The crew were called out in blizzard conditions in the Cairngorms on Monday night after a climber broke his ankle.

They were forced to walk off the mountain while Cairngorm and Kinloss mountain rescue teams helped the man.

RAF Lossiemouth spokesman Michael Mulford described the weather at the time the rescue was carried out as "utterly horrendous".

Deep snow

He said that as the RAF helicopter approached Corrie an Sneachda, at about 1700 GMT, it was buffeted by 60mph winds and the winchman noticed the rotor blades were starting to ice up.

The pilot decided to land at the bottom of the mountain on safety grounds and the five-man Sea King crew started walking to Glenmore Lodge in Cairngorms National Park to arrange transportation.

Meanwhile, the Cairngorm and Kinloss Mountain Rescue Teams had reached the injured man.

RAF mountain rescue
Efforts to recover the helicopter will take place on Tuesday

They put him on a stretcher and lowered him to the bottom of the corrie before carrying him through deep snow.

Team member Willie Ross told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "It became clear that there was a problem with the flying conditions and the aircraft had to put down, so we continued with our plan to go in on foot with the possibility that we'd have to remove the casualty ourselves.

"It only became apparent as we went in that the weather had in fact deteriorated very, very quickly and at that stage we realised we'd have to evacuate the aircraft crew as well."

The helicopter was guarded overnight by a team from RAF Kinloss.

The mountain rescue teams paid tribute to the "tremendous efforts" the RAF put in when assisting on rescues.




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