McRae unlicenced at time of helicopter crash
- 13th February 2009, 2:19pm
A report into the helicopter crash that killed former World Rally Champion, Colin McRae, his five year old son, Johnny, and two others, has found that McRae did not hold a valid pilot's licence at the time of the crash. McRae's licence had expired in February 2005 and he had never applied to renew it.
According to UK website "The Independent", the report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) also found that seconds before the fatal crash, the Scotsman had broken flying regulations and was flying too close to buildings and performing complex manoeuvres.
The AAIB's report also revealed that in the three years before the crash, which occurred in September 2007, McRae had made 80 illegal flights in his helicopter after his licence had expired.
A post-mortem examination found that McRae was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
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