Champ blamed for death crash
RALLY car champion Colin McRae has been blamed for causing the helicopter crash in which he died along with his five-year-old son and two family friends.
A fatal accident inquiry found the crash, near his family home in Lanark in 2007, happened because McRae (left) carried out unnecessary low-level manoeuvres.
It also found that his flying was ‘imprudent’ and ‘unreasonable’.
In a statement, the McRae family said they ‘still believe we will never know what caused the crash’.
McRae, 39, his five-yearold son Johnny, Ben Porcelli, 6, and Graeme Duncan, 37, all died in the crash.
Sheriff Nikola Stewart, concluded at Lanark Sheriff Court that the deaths could have been avoided if McRae had not engaged in low-level flying ‘when it was unnecessary and unsafe to do so’.