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Emergency alert declared at Bute airstrip

The Baird Airstrip at Kingarth at the south end of Bute.

The Baird Airstrip at Kingarth at the south end of Bute.

 

A ‘full emergency’ situation was declared at Bute’s airstrip on Sunday after the pilot of a light aircraft in the area reported engine difficulties.

The pilot informed air traffic controllers that he was experiencing “unusual vibrations” from his plane’s engine, and was diverted to the Baird Airstrip at Kingarth at the south end of the island, the nearest available landing area to his location, at around 4.20pm.

Police in Rothesay were alerted and headed to the airfield, while the RAF was also kept aware of the situation, but the pilot was able to land his aircraft safely at Kingarth some ten minutes later and the emergency services were stood down.

 

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