Harris air tragedy remembered 25 years on

The scene of the crash from Stornoway Gazette archives.
The scene of the crash from Stornoway Gazette archives.
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Twenty five years have now passed since an RAF Shackleton aircraft crashed near Northton in South Harris with the loss of ten service personnel on board.

The plane hit Maodal, a hill in Northton on April 30th 1990.

The islands were shocked by the tragic events of that day which saw the loss of ten service personnel.

The islands were shocked by the tragic events of that day which saw the loss of ten service personnel.

The aircraft, based at RAF Lossiemouth, had been taking part in a military exercise called ‘Exercise Brushfire’.

The tragedy shocked the local community and a service of remembrance was held in the Leverburgh Free Church attended by hundreds of people shortly afterwards.

A memorial on the top of Maodal commemorates the crew of the Shackelton “Dylan” and details of the aircraft with the words “We Will Never Forget” inscribed on a plaque.