Champ blamed for death crash

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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’.

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