RAF squadron leader killed in Scottish avalanche named

One of three people killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands yesterday was an RAF squadron leader, Northern Constabulary has said.

Rimon Than, 33, who was based at RAF Valley, North Wales, was killed in the incident in the Cairngorms.

The three were airlifted from the Chalamain Gap area to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary shortly after 12.30pm yesterday.

The avalanche struck as two groups of six climbers made their way up opposite sides of a gorge.

One group was part of a Glenmore Lodge organised winter skills training course and the second was off-duty RAF personnel.

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Two avalanche victims named

The Ministry of Defence says two of the three people who died after an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands were RAF personnel. Rimon Than, 33, a squadron leader and Flight Lieutenant Fran Capps, 32, were two of the victims.