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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 5:20 pm    Post subject: Heli Down in Lanarkshire 15 Sep 07 Reply with quote

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6996860.stm

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 5:28 pm    Post subject: One dead after helicopter crash Reply with quote

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At least one person is believed to have died after a helicopter crashed in Lanarkshire.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said the aircraft came down in a wooded area near Lanark just after 1600 BST and was understood to have burst into flames.

A spokesman for RAF Kinloss said the accident happened at Jervis Wood and did not involve a military aircraft.

Police have cordoned off the area and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed.

The Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed that its own helicopter had been despatched to the scene along with three ambulance crews.

Strathclyde Fire Brigade also has units in attendance at the scene.

The RAF spokesman added that its helicopter was on stand-by to assist.

A spokesman for the British Airports Authority said the helicopter did not come from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports.

The Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said officers were trying to establish who was on board and where the helicopter was travelling to and from.

"The damage has been so bad that we don't know how many people were on board," she said.

"It might be one, it might be more. We just don't know at the moment."

She added that it could be some time before official identifications can be made.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 6:26 pm    Post subject: Two dead after helicopter crash Reply with quote

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The Scottish Ambulance Service helicopter attended the scene
Two people are believed to have died after a helicopter crashed in Lanarkshire.

The Squirrel aircraft came down in Jervis Wood near Lanark just after 1600 BST and was understood to have burst into flames.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PPrune report the helicopter to be G-CBHL. Which is registered to Rally Driver, Colin McRae. Shocked Sad


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sky News confirm that it is Colin's helicopter.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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GARETH ROSE AND JEREMY WATSON

SCOTTISH rally champion Colin McRae is feared dead after a helicopter crash close to his Lanarkshire home.

The Twin Squirrel helicopter registered to the former World Champion rally driver came down shortly after 4pm this afternoon about 200 yards from his 17th-century mansion house.

Police sources said the blue helicopter used by the 39-year-old multi-millionaire craft had exploded in a “fireball.”

Eyewitness David Lowry, who lives nearby, said the helicopter flew over his head before plunging into a valley.

As many as four people are believed to have died in the crash but it was not clear tonight how many were aboard the aircraft at the time.

Local people feared McCrae had been travelling with a male friend and two children.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said officers were trying to establish who was on board and where the helicopter was travelling to and from.

“The damage has been so bad that we don’t know how many people were on board. It might be one, it might be more,” she said. “We just don’t know at the moment.”

She added that it could be some time before official identifications can be made.

Weather conditions at the time were deteriorating with strengthening winds and light rain.

The Department of Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch were travelling to the scene at Jervis Wood, one mile north of Lanark last night.

The Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed that its own helicopter had been despatched to the scene along with three ambulance crews.

Strathclyde Fire Brigade also has units in attendance at the scene.

David Lowry, 48, who owns New Steadings Farm, just across the Mouse Water from McRae’s home, with his wife and two daughters, saw the helicopter crash.

He said: “I was speaking to one of my friends on the farm. The helicopter came overhead and then disappeared into the valley.

“After it disappeared I saw smoke rising from the trees and phoned the emergency services.

“I could not see what happened when it went down. It did not seem to be in any trouble. It was about half a mile from me and the helicopter seemed to be flying normally.

"It was navy blue in colour and I am led to believe it belongs to Colin McRae.

"It is up so often my cattle don’t even flinch when it is overhead."

He added: “I know him well enough to say hello to, although I don’t know him personally.

“If it turns out to be him it will have an unbelievable effect on the local community.”

He added: “Colin is a very popular person around here. We only moved here seven years ago, but they are a Lanark family born and bred.”

McCrae was the first Briton to be named world rally champion when he won the title in the mid-1990s. He was later awarded an MBE by the Queen for his outstanding achievements.

He has also produced very popular rally computer games.

As darkness fell tonight, police had erected a blue incident tent in the woods at the scene of the crash.

Police threw a 600-yard cordon around the house. Friends and relatives of the McRae family were gathering at the home of a neighbour, 300 yards from the McRae home.

McCrae, born in Lanark in 1968, is the son of five-time British Rally Champion, Jimmy McRae.

He was the first Briton to be named world champion when he won it in the mid-1990s. He was also awarded an MBE by the Queen for his outstanding achievements.

He has also produced very popular and lucrative rally computer games, including Colin McRae Dirt.

McRae also bought a home in Monaco in 1995, partly through his friendship with Formula One driver David Coulthard.

However, as his young family has grown up, he has spent more time back at his home in Lanarkshire - accepting the higher tax liability of living in Scotland. McRae is married to Alison, and has two children, Hollie, 4, and five-year-old Johnny.

His brother, Alister, believed to be in Australia at present, is also a professional rally driver and has enjoyed some success, including winning the British Rally Championship in 1995.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Colin McRae feared dead in helicopter crash
By Brendan Montague and Jasper Copping

Colin McRae, the former world rally driving champion, is feared dead in a helicopter crash in Scotland.

Colin McRae was awarded an MBE in 1996

The aircraft burst into flames after it came down in woodland near Lanark, at around 4.10pm, killing everyone on board.

Jean-Eric Freudiger, McRae's agent, last night told The Sunday Telegraph he had spoken to the driver's brother and that he had confirmed the former champion had been piloting the Squirrel aircraft.

Speaking from his home in Switzerland, Mr Freudiger said he was still in shock and fighting back tears as he said he could not reach Mr McRae's wife, Alison.


He added: "I have heard that it was his aircraft. He was in the helicopter. I cannot believe it was a helicopter pilot error because as my best friend and the godfather of my daughter I know he was a very safe pilot.

"We have been close business partners and friends for seven years. He is the best person I have ever met in my life. I have to try and understand what I have just been told."

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is sad. Colin and I have been friends for number of years. When he was still driving WRC and came to NZ I always used to find him a helo to fly around the rally in, most of the time because he crashed out in the first couple of stages. First year it was an EC130 and then it was a B3.

He was a great guy to work with and we used to keep in touch via sms all the time. Last time we caught up was for dinner in Dubai when he was there and then got a text couple of days ago saying he had just done a deal to do the Paris Dakar race again.

RIP my friend - you will be missed.

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THE former rally driving champion Colin McRae was killed and his five year-old son feared dead in a helicopter crash yesterday afternoon. The aircraft came down in Jerviswood, Lanarkshire, half a mile from the family's home and burst into flames just after 4pm.

Jean-Eric Freudiger, McRae's agent, said the 39-year-old driver had been piloting the helicopter himself. Also on board were believed to be his son Johnny, another adult and another child. Police said there were no survivors.

McRae's wife Alison and their daughter Hollie, 9, were not on board, friends said.

McRae became Britain's first World Rally champion in 1995. He was one of the country's most successful sportsmen, achieving 25 wins in World Rally events and 42 podium places. He was a flamboyant driver, inspiring one the world's best-selling computer rally games.

The helicopter came down within half a mile of McRae's home, Jervis House, a 16th-century tower house, which has an adjacent helipad. The weather had been overcast, with a light breeze, but visibility was good.

Strathclyde police said the extent of the fire damage was making identification a problem.

McRae's wife, a childhood sweetheart and his former co-driver, was taken back to the house under police escort shortly after 6pm. She looked calm, but neighbours gathering outside the house looked shaken with grief.

McRae's friend the rally journalist Jeremy Hart who flew with the champion several times described him as a "very good, very measured pilot whose natural ability with machinery was second to none". "Colin regularly flew all over the UK and into Europe," said Hart. "He knew the terrain and conditions at Jerviswood very well. It was the place he flew into most regularly.

"As a driver Colin was misunderstood slightly as being reckless but everything you saw with him came from pure raw talent as opposed to being learnt. He was the Michael Schumacher of rally driving.

"It's so ironic that he should die in a helicopter crash when he had competed and had brushed with death so many times as a rally driver."

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I suspect that proper/formal identification will take a while, but reading all the news reports, it does seem to be just a matter of time before it is confirmed.

I consider myself a huge fan of motorsport, and this news is terribly, terribly sad. Crying or Very sad

A few years ago, the world of motorsport lost Steve Hislop to a helicopter accident, and now it looks like another fabulous British talent has been lost to the same fate.

It is a truly tragic day. Crying or Very sad

Ned, my thoughts extended to you too - you were indeed privileged to have met, worked with and befriended Colin.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was talking to Colin's dad Jimmy this morning. They had just got back from being on holiday in Spain and were heading to the house.

They have lost an amazing and talented son as well as a grandson. Alister has lost a brother and a nephew, Alison has lost an amazing husband and son and Holly has lost a father and brother. I cant imagine what they must be going through at a time like this. Why the heck did his son have to be taken as well, he was only 5 years old and just starting out on lifes path.

I will always remember Colin as a person who loved his flying. I still remember getting an sms from him in the middle of the night saying he had traded the EC120 in on an AS350 and was excited as heck. He was even looking for a Huey to cart his motorbikes around the mountains of Scotland.

He was planning on coming down to Helitech when we were there to say hi. Its with a heavy heart that I never got to take up his invite to come and visit his place in Scotland. You may be gone my friend but you will never be forgotten. I am proud to have been a friend of yours. May you and Johnny take comfort knowing that you will be together forever in Heaven. One day we will meet again my friend, until then Godspeed. Sad Sad Sad

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear, Ned. I'm so sorry.

It is deeply upsetting to think of what those left behind will be going through. Crying or Very sad

Is there any word on the identity of the other two on board?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reported on "Timesonline" by locals that the others on board were "a school friend of McRae and another child"
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Police have confirmed that rally driver Colin McRae and his son were among four people killed in a helicopter crash near his country home.

Strathclyde Police said the 39-year-old was on board the aircraft with his son Johnny, six, and friends Graeme Duncan, 37, and Ben Porcelli, six.

The helicopter came down at Jerviswood, near Lanark, at about 4.10pm on Saturday. There were four people on board.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) began examining the wreckage this morning.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said: "We will be working in tandem with investigators from the AAIB."

McRae became the first Briton to win the World Rally Championship drivers' title in 1995 and hails from a well-known motor racing family in Scotland.

His father, Jimmy, is a five-time British rally champion and his brother, Alister, is also former British rally champion.

Colin McRae is married to Alison and had two children, Hollie and Johnny.

As well as winning the world championship driving a Subaru in 1995, he was runner-up in 1996, 1997 and 2001.

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