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Last Updated: Monday, 6 March 2006, 20:47 GMT
Helicopter is flown from mountain
Sea King stranded in the Cairngorms/Pic: Andreas Heinzl
Ice had forced the helicopter to land/Pic: Andreas Heinzl
The RAF has managed to fly out a helicopter which became stranded in the Cairngorms due to the winter weather.

The Sea King from RAF Lossiemouth was forced to make an emergency landing after its rotors iced up while going to the rescue of an injured climber.

The crew abandoned the helicopter in Coire an t-Sneachda a week ago when it got into difficulty during a blizzard.

Bad weather had hampered efforts to clear the aircraft of snow and ice but it finally flew back to base on Monday.

Flight Lieutenant Darren French, from RAF Lossiemouth, flew the aircraft on the recovery flight.

He said: "This was a prolonged operation where the weather proved the main factor.

"It was quite incredible that the sun came out in the final hours to add to the efforts of the engineers who were helping us.

"Both engines started first time and after a moment to check out some slight vibration we were on our way.

"There were no problems at all on the flight. We landed with less than 10 minutes of daylight left."




SEE ALSO:
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