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Crashed plane carried from beach

The crashed microlite
The aircraft crashed on an environmentally sensitive beach

A microlite plane which crash landed on a remote beach has been dismantled and carried four miles to the nearest road by a team of 14 men.

Keith Brown escaped injury when his aircraft came down at Sandwood Bay in Sutherland at the weekend.

The beach is among the most inaccessible in mainland Britain and its owner discourages taking vehicles down the dirt track that leads to it.

So Mr Brown took the aircraft apart before it was carried to the car park.

Mr Brown crashed after attempting to touch his wheels down on the bay's sands on a flight around the headland, but they instantly became bogged down in the soft sand.

The beach, which is owned by conservation charity The John Muir Trust, has fragile sand dunes around it, and June is a sensitive time for breeding birds such as skylarks and meadow pips.

Rather than risk causing damage by bringing in an off-road vehicle, Mr Brown opted to enlist 13 helpers to carry the fuselage, engine and wings the four miles along the track.

The aircraft will now be transported back to its base at Bedfordshire, where it will be re-assembled.



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