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Hercules crash inquiry adjourned

EIGHT of the nine victims of an RAF Hercules crash could only be identified by their dental records, an inquest heard yesterday.

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The effect of the accident at Glen Loch, near Blair Atholl, Perthshire, on May 27 meant identification had not been possible by visual means, Wiltshire coroner David Masters told the inquest at Wroughton.

The coroner said the bodies of the eight crew members had been brought back last Friday to RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire. The body of the ninth crew member who died had remained in Scotland.

He named the eight whose bodies were flown back as Squadron Leader Graeme Young, 54, from Cerney Wick, Cirencester, Gloucestershire; Squadron Leader Stanley Muir, 49, from Christian Malford, Wiltshire; Flight Lieutenants Stephen McNally, 27, and Graham Southard, 26, and Flying Officer Jonathan Owen, 23, all from Lyneham; master engineer Terence Gilmore, 39, from Neston, Wiltshire; Sergeant Alan King, 32, from Calne, Wiltshire and Lance Corporal Gary Manning, 23, from Gloucestershire.

The inquest was adjourned for a provisional three months, to be resumed after other boards of inquiry into the crash have been carried out.

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