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Two killed in avalanche in Scottish mountains.

TWO people have died following an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands.

Northern Constabulary said a man and a woman who were airlifted from the Chalamain Gap area of the Cairngorms to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary earlier yesterday have since died.

Another man, who was flown to the same hospital, remained in a critical condition.

A rescue operation was launched shortly after 12.30pm involving police, Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, search and rescue dogs, RAF Lossiemouth's mountain rescue team and a helicopter. One man was initially rescued and airlifted to Aberdeen, and shortly afterwards a further two people were found and taken to hospital.

Yesterday's avalanche is the latest in a series of incidents in the Scottish mountains in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, a hillwalker died during an expedition with a mountaineering club in the Cairngorms. Earlier this month, three men survived falling 150 metres in an avalanche in Cairngorms.

In January, four people were killed in an avalanche in Glencoe, including hospital doctor and former Newcastle University student Rachel Majumdar, 29.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 15, 2013
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