Light aircraft crash reported in North Uist

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EMERGENCY services have been called out to a light aircraft crash in the Western Isles.

Police were alerted to the incident on North Uist at around 10:15 this morning.

Social media reports suggest the aircraft is locally-based helicopter, and that it ditched into a loch at Lochmaddy.

There are understood to have been two people on board.

Their condition is not yet known.

With rescue work ongoing,  police have advised motorists in the area that the A867 is closed between Lochmaddy and Clachan Na Luib.

The diversion route is via the A865 and motorists are advised to drive with care as the road is not suitable for larger vehicles.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “Two crews from Benbecula attended the scene to assist with police and ambulance crews.

“One crew remains on the scene at this time.”

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