TWO men died yesterday after their light aircraft struck a hilltop as

they made their final approach to Glasgow Airport.

The Dutch pilot and passenger were on a flight from the island of

Texel off the coast of Holland to a fishing exhibition and conference in


Shortly before 10am the pilot reported icing on the aircraft and

problems with the air speed indicator as they flew near the Fintry

Hills, about 12 miles from Glasgow Airport.

Less than 15 minutes later the aircraft disappeared from radar and a

full alert involving local emergency services, as well as Royal Air

Force helicopters and mountain rescue teams, was launched.

Farmers were contacted to discover if they had heard or seen any signs

of the stricken aircraft and the rescue was eventually guided by

information from Mrs Janice Davies, of Lurg Farm, near Fintry.

She directed the RAF helicopters, two Wessex from Leuchars in Fife and

a Sea King from Northumberland to an area near Dunbrach Hill, a craggy

1700ft peak about a mile from her farm.

Working in misty and wet weather the Sea King crew located the

wreckage of the six-seater Cessna 210 near the summit of the hill just

above the woodland line and dropped mountain rescue team members to


They discovered the bodies of Mr Drewe Hoexum, 46, and Mr Sybe Van Der

Knaap, 46, in the wrecked and partly burned out aircraft.

Their bodies were later taken to Stirling Royal Infirmary where

post-mortem examinations will be conducted today.

Formal identification was expected to be completed with the use of

dental records sent from Holland. Relatives of the victims were expected

to arrive in Scotland early today.

Deputy Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police Mr Douglas McMurdo

said it appeared the aircraft had struck the top of the hill and fallen

back on to the crags below.

He added: ''There is some confusion over the flight path the aircraft

was taking, but it is my understanding that its flight plan was from

Texel to Glasgow.''

The Civil Aviation Authority later confirmed the Cessna was flying

from the Dutch island, part of the Wadden Islands and a favourite

holiday resort, direct to Glasgow and that there would have been no

reason for it to divert to Edinburgh or any other airfield.

The RAF at the serch and rescue co-ordination centre in Pitreavie said

the pilot of Cessna call sign PH-EYE had given a garbled message

complaining of problems with icing and an air speed indicator, and that

they had been called in when radar contact was lost.

Mrs Davies, 57, said she had heard a tremendous bang as she sat in her

living room and thought that two lorries may have crashed on the road. A

short time later she was contacted by police and told of the missing

aircraft and she voiced her fears about the site.

She added: ''They headed up through the mist and a short time later

returned to tell me they had found the wreckage and the bodies of these

two unfortunate men.''

Four teenage friends from Glasgow were camping nearby and Alan

Hamilton, of Dunragit Street, Haghill, said: ''We heard a crash, then a

loud boom but had heard no sound of a plane going over. It was as if he

had no engine on when he came down.''

Members of the Air Investigation Bureau from Farnborough in Hampshire

arrived at the site of the crash in the Campsie Fells late last night.