May 14 2012
By David Taylor
FLYING club members were in shock after the “mystery” death of a popular pilot and his student who perished when their plane crashed on a Scottish mountain.
Dave Martin, 63, and Alan McCaskie, 61, were killed when their microlight aircraft came down on Ben More near Crianlarich in Stirlingshire on Saturday.
Dave, a grandfather from Kinghorn, Fife, was described as an “experienced” pilot who had been a member of the Perth-based Scottish Aero Club for 12 years.
Alan lived in Broughty Ferry in Angus and is believed to have a teenage son. Dave McElroy, chairman of the club where Dave served as secretary, said: “We are all in shock.
“This has created a hole and vacuum for us, both personally and for the club as a whole.
“Dave was probably the most visible and popular member of our club.
“There is no indication of the cause which is unknown and under investigation.
“It’s a mystery to all of us.
“This was a well-maintained aircraft and Dave was a passionate, experienced and proficient pilot.”
The doomed microlight was one of a group of four aircraft flying to Mull from Perth when it crashed around noon.
Flying conditions were thought to be ideal and the cause of the accident has yet to be established by crash investigators, who continued to scour the scene yesterday.
Central Scotland Police said their investigation into the incident was ongoing.
The accident happened exactly one month after Adrian Paterson, 49, was killed when his microlight crashed into a field in Kennet in Clackmannanshire.
Founded in 1929 and with 250 members, the Scottish Aero Club are the oldest and largest flying club in Scotland.