On Thursday 2nd July, 2009 at about 11.45am Nigel Morton and Kenneth Thompson were flying a Tornado F3 on a training sortie when their aircraft crashed into the hillside in Glenn Kinglas, Arrochar, Argyll, Scotland. Tragically they were killed instantly in the crash.
Nigel Morton, was serving as a Flight Lieutenant with 43 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was the navigator and weapons systems officer on the training flight.
Kenneth Thompson, was serving as a Flight Lieutenant with 43 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He was the pilot on the training flight.
43 Squadron is based at RAF Leuchars, Fife in Scotland. Flt Lt Thompson, 27, was from the Glasgow area and Flt Lt Morton, 43, was from Fife,
Flt Lt Thompson's family said in a statement:
"Kenneth is from a military family background. He was passionate about his career in the RAF, his flying, and he loved life.
"We, the family, have lost our son and brother but take some comfort from the fact that he died doing what he loved - flying.
"Our thoughts are also with the family of his navigator, friend and colleague at this most difficult time for us all."
The family of Flt Lt Morton, the weapons systems officer, said:
"Beloved father and husband, son, brother and son-in-law, respected by all who worked with him. Our thoughts are with Kenny's family at this terrible time."
Air Commodore Harry Atkinson, Air Officer Scotland and Officer Commanding Royal Air Force in Leuchars, said:
"Flt Lt Nige Morton was a wonderful energetic and professional member of our team. Constantly enthusiastic and steeped in experience, he has been a highly valued member of his squadron and RAF Leuchars. Well-known by everyone, Nige will be sorely missed.
"My thoughts are with his wife and son at this desperate time.
"Flt Lt Kenny Thompson was a bright and effervescent young man with a zest for life.
"I shall remember him for his constant smile and inspirational attitude that brought much happiness to all. He will be dearly missed by all who have known him. My thoughts are with his family."
Wing Commander David Hazell, the squadron's commanding officer, said:
"Their deaths are a huge loss to the Squadron and the Tornado F3 Force as a whole. However, it is nothing compared to that suffered by their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this dreadful time."
"Kenny was a young pilot with an extremely bright future ahead of him.
"He was enthusiastic about everything in life; in particular, he had an enormous thirst for flying. His character was defined by his tremendous and infectious enthusiasm. Kenny was a very popular member of the squadron.
"Nige was one of the most experienced navigators on the Tornado F3 Force with nearly 3,000 hours on the aircraft.
"His professionalism and skill were matched only by his generosity of spirit and his commitment to flying."