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    Rally champion Colin McRae dies with son in helicopter crash

    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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    ^Mr-Drakula^

    Inquietante Allenatore del temibile Vampiria F.C., il cui Capitano non può che essere il numero 90 (la paura) Canini.
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    Anche Richards cade con l'elicottero, ma è illeso

    Il boss della Prodrive, David Richards e sua moglie Karen sono stati vittime di un'incidente con l'elicottero, avvenuto vicino all'aeroporto di Stansted in Inghilterra, ma fortunatamente non hanno riportato conseguenze fisiche.
    Giusto a 24 ore di distanza dalla morte di Colin McRae, avvenuta nello schianto del suo elicottero, stava per succedere la stessa cosa a quello che era stato il suo team manager nell'anno del mondiale.

    Richards e sua moglie erano gli unici passeggeri del velivolo e fortunatamente sono usciti illesi dai rottami.

    "Si è rotto qualcosa nel sistema di trasmissione" ha spiegato Richards. "Volevamo rientrare prima da Spa proprio perchè eravamo scossi da quanto è accaduto ieri a Colin".

    "Quando eravamo nei pressi dell'aeroporto ho sentito un rumore sul posteriore ed ho immediatamente dato il May Day. A questo punto siamo caduti su un fianco, ma fortunatamente non ci siamo fatti niente".

    "A volte si è fortunati, a volte no. Noi lo siamo stati, sfortunatamente Colin no".
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    :eek: :eek:
    ^Mr-Drakula^

    Inquietante Allenatore del temibile Vampiria F.C., il cui Capitano non può che essere il numero 90 (la paura) Canini.

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