A judicial inquiry has found Colin McCrae at fault for the helicopter crash that killed the rally driver, a friend and two children, including Colin's son Johnny McCrae, in 2007. According to The Guardian, McCrae wasn't properly licensed to fly the helicopter, and he had undertaken a number of dangerous maneuvers in the air before crashing into a wooden hillside. The inquiry evaluated evidence related to the crash, including video taken by 36-year-old Graeme Arthur Duncan shortly before the impact. The video showed McCrae buzzing farm buildings at an elevation of 275 feet before banking sharply.

From there, the helicopter descended into a wooden valley before crashing down. First responders said that the aircraft struck the ground with such force that it was impossible to tell what sort of accident had occurred without further investigation.

Despite the finding, the McCrae family say that Colin was a capable and experienced pilot, and that they will never truly know what caused the crash.


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      rsholland
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like the family is in denial.
      Jordan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The family will always say that their son was a great pilot and a great driver and all that. If your son isn't even qualified to fly the helicopter and then is flying dangerous maneuvers close to the ground, that is rogue behavior and is not the behavior of a good pilot with sound airmanship. Just because he's a good driver, doesn't mean that he can fly a plane and a jet and then fly to space and race motorcycles, etc. It gives a bad image to the young children, who already think they're invincible in the first place. Learn from other people's mistakes, you won't live long enough to make them all on your own.
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, "wooden hillside" ? "wooden valley"? what the hell? At first I thought it was a typo, then you repeated the same ignorance. A "wooden" ship is MADE of wood. I seriously doubt that the hillside was made of wood. A "WOODED" hillside is a forested or tree covered hillside same goes for the valley. Got it? If you are going to take up journalism, you've got to do better.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        Do none of you "grammar police" have anything better to do with your time than constantly point out the smallest crap in an article? You know damn well what the writer means, yet you HAVE to be a troll and point it out. You even point it out even though it's already been brought to attention in the comment section before your comment.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Lowered expectations and mediocrity is the root cause of what's wrong with America today. In corporate america, there are too many college educated idiots running loose, and making life changing decisions. I'm not out to police anyone, since I also can make typographical and grammatical errors. Making an error then eloquently repeating it was not grammatical, it was basic reading & comprehension. It shows that he did not know the difference between the two words. He needed to be corrected.
          samagon0
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          congrats on encouraging the stupidifying of our humanity.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          samagon, please do not comment on something like this while using the word "stupidifying". There is no such word. There's "stupify", but not "stupidify".
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I couldn't care any less. I still miss him. One of the greatest drivers of all time. The WRC hasn't been the same without him and Richard Burns.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe if he wasn't trying to pull a Scandinavian flick with his helicopter, he would still be here today. :(
      WS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please, at least get his name straight. It's 'McRae', not 'McCrae'.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      rr
      • 3 Years Ago
      "wooden" or "wooded"?
        rmkensington
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rr
        I think they meant to say woolen, meaning there was a lot of sheep there at the time. Poor innnocent sheep.
          rr
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rmkensington
          LOL! well done
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      A man's got to know his limitations. As well as the flight envelope of his aircraft. Sounds like a crash caused by vortex ring state.
        DC Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        That was my guess too. Specifically, a ring state in the tailrotor during the turn causing a loss of tailrotor effectiveness. The report stated that wind gusts were at 30 knots (pretty eff'ing strong) and I'd bet that he never even thought to take note of the gusting direction. That's a worst case scenario at a low altitude and at speed because there's no recovery possible.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        So you're saying a licence might've been a good idea?
        NicksGarage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Or more like one caused by arrogance and stupidity. His family is in denial. A wooden hillside is much harder than a wooded one.
      FredS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoa there. This picture is horrible. How about some respect? The finger pointing isn't funny, nor acceptable.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      That picture is a bit much guys....
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