L.M. Hercules XV193

Glen Loch, Perth and Kinross













Aircraft Type Photo



Pre-accident photo of XV193, the aircraft featured on this page.



BELOW: A C-130K Hercules C.3 at RAF Fairford.


This is the same variant as the aircraft featured on this page.


An RAF C-130K Hercules


Photo: 2006 Adrian Pingstone ('Arpingstone')


Released by the author to the public domain under Wikimedia Commons licensing arrangement.



BELOW: The cockpit of an RNZAF C-130 Hercules.


RNZAF C-130 Hercules cockpit


Photo: 1998 Hannes Grobe, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany.


Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Lockheed Martin C-130K Hercules C.3P Mk 3 / XV193



The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules was designed as a four-engine turbo-prop military transport aircraft. It could be used as a general cargo aircraft, as a troop carrier, or as a medical evacuation aircraft. To this end, the designers (Lockheed Martin) ensured that the heavy Hercules was capable of landing and taking off on rough airstrips.


The Hercules is used also in other roles, including search and rescue, weather monitoring, and humanitarian aid. In addition to the military variants, a number of civilian Hercules transports are in use. These are used for forest fire-fighting purposes or as general heavy-lift cargo aircraft.


The C-130K military variant featured on these pages was a US export model, intended for the RAF in the UK. This particular variant was a Hercules C.3Pthe C.3 indicating that this Hercules had a stretched fuselage.






Aircraft Accident Details


This Hercules was one of three such aircraft involved in a formation flying and navigational training exercise. After the first part of the exercise the three aircraft separated to carry out individual exercises.


Hercules XV193 was assigned to carry out a low level simulated drop of a cargo pack in a valley (Glen Tilt) 8 miles north of Pitlochry.


However, after completing the practice exercise, and while manoeuvring to regain their correct height and route, the aircraft [wings] stalled. With the resulting insufficient lift and power, the Hercules crashed forcefully into the moorland in Glen Loch (E of Glen Tilt) near Loch Loch.


On hearing the noise of the impact, a local estate worker raised the alarm. Rescue units from RAF Lossiemouth, Boulmer and Prestwick were despatched to the scene, together with the fire brigade from surrounding areas. However, when they reached the scene, the rescue teams discovered that all nine crew members had perished in the accident.


Subsequent recovery operations involved the RAF, Army, and Navy; and also civilians from the village of Kirkmichael. The placing of the memorial cairns and plaques on later occasions involved the RAF (including 70 (Croft & Culcheth) Squadron ATC), and civilians from Kirkmichael and Inverness.





Aircraft Crew / Passenger Casualties


All crew members died in this accident. The nine who died were:

  • Sqn Ldr Graeme Paul Young (54) AFC RAF
  • Sqn Ldr Stanley Duncan Muir (49) RAF

  • Flt Lt Graham Robert John Southard (33) RAF

  • Flt Lt Stephen Paul McNally (27) RAF

  • Fg Off Jonathan Huw Owen (23) RAF

  • M Acr Terence John William Gilmore (39) RAF

  • Sgt Craig Thomas Hilliard (23) RAF

  • Sgt Alan Keith King (32) RAF

  • Lt Cpl Gary Reginald Manning (23) Army (RLC)

More detailed information on each of the above service personnel is available at The Scottish War Memorials Project.


Four memorials can be found in the area:

  • An official RAF memorial cairn and plaque overlooking the crash site (see photo and details below).

  • An official RAF memorial plaque (inside Kirkmichael Church);

  • A cairn and plaque from 70 (Croft & Culcheth) Squadron ATC;

  • A family memorial cairn to Sgt Craig Hilliard of Inverness.


BELOW: Memorial cairn overlooking the crash site, and dedicated by the RAF, Army, Navy and civilians involved in the recovery operations and by the village of Kirkmichael.


(Crash site photos can be seen below. Additional larger memorial photos can be seen on Page 2.)


RAF Memorial cairn


Photo © 1993-2011 70 Squadron Air Cadets (ATC).






Crash Site Photos


BELOW: Glen Tilt, where the Hercules was exercising before it crashed.


Photo of Glen Tilt


Photo: © [n/d] Fife Education Image Bank



BELOW: After banking out of Glen Tilt, the Hercules crashed near Loch Loch (below) in Glen Loch. (Larger image here)


loch loch near to where the hercules crashed


Photo: 2006 © Chris Ridgway.


Licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.



BELOW: The bleak and boggy moorland close to Loch Loch where Hercules XV193 crashed in 1993.


Hercules XV193 crash site close to Loch Loch


Photo © 1993-2011 70 Sqn Air Cadets.



BELOW: Crash site to left.


crash site to left


Photo © 1993-2011 70 Sqn Air Cadets.



BELOW: View of Loch Loch, not far from where the Hercules crashed.


view of loch loch close to where the  hercules crashed 


Photo © 1993-2011 70 Sqn Air Cadets.



BELOW: Another view looking toward Loch Loch.


Another view of loch loch


Photo © 1993-2011 70 Sqn Air Cadets.



BELOW: The cargo door shut-off valve.


The cargo door shut-off valve


Photo © 1993-2011 70 Sqn Air Cadets.



BELOW: The wreckage of the C-130 Hercules shortly after the aircraft crashed near Loch Loch in Glen Loch.


The C-130 Hercules shortly after the crash at Glen Tilt


Photo: © 1993 RAF

Crown Copyright





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Photo Gallery


At the moment, there are no additional photos of this crash site in the  Photo Gallery.


















Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 27 May 1993


Accident Site:

Near Loch Loch

(In Glen Loch (464m), E of Upper Glen Tilt)


Region: Perth and Kinross (Atholl)


Nearest towns or villages:

Blair Atholl (A9) or

Straloch / Enochdhu (A924)

(Enlarge map to view dirt track)


Nearest large town:

Pitlochry (SW)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: At the time of the accident, the aircraft disintegrated into very small fragments, scattered over a wide area. Most of these fragments were recovered and removed to RAF Kinloss, although some signs of the impact crater may still be seen.


Memorials: At present, three stone cairns with memorial plaques mark the site of the accident. A further plaque can be seen inside Kirkmichael Church.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: XV193


Operator: RAF (LXX Squadron)


Operating Station: (Formerly) RAF Lyneham en route to RAF Kinloss.


Station Location (RAF Lyneham): Lyneham, Wiltshire, England.


Station Location (RAF Kinloss): Forres, Morayshire: Three miles from Forres; 12 miles from Elgin; 27 miles from Inverness.


Current Station Status (RAF Kinloss): Military flying operations ceased on 31 July 2011; but airfield has been reserved as Relief Landing Ground (Emergency) for RAF Lossiemouth GR4 aircraft.


The airfield is also still used by Moray Flying Club, and 663 Volunteer Gliding Squadron.


Current Station Names: RAF Lyneham and RAF Kinloss.





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