Colin McRae dies in helicopter crash
Colin McRae, former rally driving champion, was killed after the helicopter he was piloting crashed yesterday afternoon in Scotland.
Also on board were believed to be his son Johnny, another adult - said by locals to be a school friend of McRae - and another child. McRae’s wife Alison and their daughter Hollie, 9, were not on board, friends said. No one in the helicopter survived.
Strathclyde police said in a statement: "The bodies were found within the helicopter which is owned by Mr Colin McRae of Jerviswood House, Lanark. It is believed he was onboard the helicopter."
The helicopter came down within half a mile of McRae’s 16th-century home, which has an adjacent helipad. The weather had been overcast, with southwesterly winds gusting to 30 knots and good visibility.
The crash was witnessed by a farmer. The aircraft was so badly damaged by fire that police could not initially identify what type it was. The Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed that its own helicopter had been despatched to the scene along with three ambulance crews.