TWO RAF airmen, one a Scot, died yesterday when their Tornado crashed

into a Perthshire hillside. Wreckage from the crash sprayed over a

popular tourist route, but no civilians were injured. The crash

immediately prompted demands for low-flying to be banned.

The aircraft, equipped with photo-reconnaissance equipment, was the

fifth Tornado to crash this year. It was on a routine training flight

from RAF Marham in Norfolk. The RAF could not confirm whether the

exercise involved low-flying, but the area is frequently used for

low-level training.

The Ministry of Defence last night named the two airmen as Navigator

Patrick Harrison, 33, from Ayrshire, and Pilot Flight Lieutenant Peter

Mosley, 31, from Torquay. Both men were single.

It is believed four or five Tornados -- some from RAF Bruggen in

Germany -- were in the area.

The GR1 fighter-bomber was travelling at almost 400mph when it crashed

in Perthshire's Glen Ogle at 12.15pm. Debris was scattered over a

200-yard stretch of the A85 trunk road between Lochearnhead and Lix Toll

near Killin.

''The impact site is a narrow crater about 20 yards across above the

road,'' said an RAF spokesman. The jet exploded on impact, leaving only

scorched fragments of metal on the hillside and road.

Last night search teams were combing the area, collecting debris in

the hope of establishing a cause. A board of inquiry has been


First at the scene of the crash was Mr Elliott Macrae, of Afton Court,

Braehead, a plumber with Stirling District Council. He said: ''I was on

my way to a job in Killin when I heard this loud roar overhead.

''I was on the top of the glen near Killin. The jet came right over

the top of me. I could see the two crewmen on board. Next thing, it

plunged into the ground 100 yards away.

''There was a tremendous bang as the plane smashed into the ground and

a big flash as it exploded. I saw an orange parachute from an ejector

seat land on the hillside. But there was no-one attached to it.

''I ran down to see if I could help the crew. I had my work tools with

me and I thought I could help them escape the wreckage if they were

trapped. But I soon realised it was hopeless.

''Even the fir trees were on fire. The wreckage of the plane was

scattered all over the place.''

Mr Rod Davidson, a social worker, said he heard ''a loud bang''

seconds after his group from a Bridge of Allan school saw the Tornado

pass over.

''The plane banked round the valley, then about 30 seconds later we

saw a big cloud of smoke, what looked like a bomb burst.''

Mr Davidson, a frequent walker in the area, added: ''You see these

planes going past and you just wait for the bang sometimes, thinking

they're going to crash. This time it came.''

A Lochearnhead schoolteacher said that low-flying aircraft often

passed over her school. ''This plane crash was within half a second

(travelling time) of this playground with 16 children in it.''

Mr George Foulkes, Labour MP for Carrick, Cumnock, and Doon Valley,

last night demanded a suspension of all military low-flying and accused

the Ministry of Defence of reneging on a 1991 promise to cut the number

of such exercises.

''I believe there must now be an urgent inquiry into the cause of the

accident and a suspension of low-flying exercises until the outcome of

the inquiry is known,'' said Mr Foulkes, who is chairman of a Commons

all-party group of MPs set up to consider the low-flying issue.

He claimed that despite a promise from the Ministry of a 30%

reduction, the real fall had been 3% -- and that mainly because of a cut

in flights by American air force planners.

Mr Foulkes added that he feared it was only a matter of time before

there was a ''Lockerbie-style'' incident involving low-flying jets

crashing into populated areas.

But the Liberal Democrat defence spokesman, Mr Menzies Campbell, said:

''The risks attached to low-flying are an unfortunate and necessary

price to pay for the professionalism which makes RAF air crew among the

best in the world.''

Mr Michael Forsyth, Home Office Minister, who was conducting surgeries

in his Stirling constituency miles from the crash scene, said the

accident underlined the debt people owed to RAF officers ''who risk

their lives training to maintain the high standard which is essential to

our security''.

Although the jet is the fifth Tornado to come down this year, the

Ministry said its accident record was no worse than other types.

Previous crashes have been in the Moray Firth, Flamborough Head in

Humberside, Cyprus, and Goose Bay in Canada.

The A85 will remain closed until RAF investigation teams complete

their study of the wreckage. It is not known when the road will be