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.

Source: TimesOnline

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tango  (372) posted on 09.16.2007

The automotive world has lost one of the greats. To those of us who knew Colin "McCrash" McCrae, only we would understand and appreciate the magnitude of this loss. He was a "pedal to the metal" driver...a "ball to the wall" pilot and the type of person who went all out on pretty much every go-fast machine in existence. Cars, planes, helicopters, motorcycles, name it. It was no suprise to me that he left us doing one of the things he loved. And perhaps that is what makes this a bit easier to deal with. He died the way he lived. God Speed to him. He will be sadly missed.

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