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Scottish plane crash: Sister's tribute to 'absolute rock' GP

By Staff Reporter

Published 07/04/2015

Margaret Ann Rouse and her husband David who were killed when their plane crashed while they were on their way to visit family in the Hebrides
Margaret Ann Rouse and her husband David who were killed when their plane crashed while they were on their way to visit family in the Hebrides

The sister of a GP who died following a light aircraft crash has paid a moving tribute to her "absolute rock".

Doctor Margaret Ann Rous (37) and her husband, engineer David Rous (28) were killed when their Piper Cherokee plane went down in Argyll on Saturday.

The newlywed couple, who lived in Newport-on-Tay in Fife, were reportedly heading from Dundee to make a surprise visit to relatives on the Hebridean isle of Tiree when tragedy hit.

Dr Rous' sister Johann Maclean paid tribute to her in a message posted on Facebook.

Referencing the Black Eyed Peas' song Meet Me Halfway, she wrote: "Big sister, it's our song, I am going to sing this to you every day for the rest of my life!

"You were my absolute rock, and I promise to meet you halfway one day!

"Today has been the hardest day of my life, I love you Minnie xxxx"

She also thanked friends and family for their sympathy messages.

"Thank you all for the heartfelt messages, phone calls and visits," she wrote.

"We appreciate your thoughts at this heartbreaking time xx."

Searchers discovered the wreckage on Saturday night after radar contact with the aircraft was lost earlier in the day.

The loss of contact had prompted a multi-emergency response involving the police, ambulance service and the coastguard.

Following the discovery of the wreckage, specialist officers remained at the scene in the Beinn nan Lus area of Glen Kinglass.

Inquiries are continuing into the cause of the accident.

Dr Rous is believed to have worked at Stobswell Medical Practice in Dundee.

She and her husband, originally from Gillingham in Kent, married last July and had plans to move into a bigger house and start their own family.

Among the tributes on social media was one from Dr John Holliday, a doctor in Tiree for almost 30 years, who said: "I had known Margaret Ann since the 1980s. She captivated everyone that knew her, she was absolutely gorgeous in every way.

"She became a much-loved GP in Dundee and I have no doubt that she was a wonderful doctor with her charm and great empathy. She immediately touched the hearts of everyone who came into contact with her."

He added: "Together they made a fine couple."

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