McRae tributes after helicopter crash

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Tributes have been paid to Scottish rally champion Colin McRae, who was killed in a helicopter crash near his home in Lanarkshire.

The 39-year-old was in a Twin Squirrel helicopter with his five-year-old son Johnny and two others, including a six-year-old boy.

Formula One driver David Coulthard said of his friend: “He was fearless, flamboyant, blindingly quick in the car.”

Sir Jackie Steward also offered his condolences to the family, including widow Alison and their nine-year-old daughter Hollie.

“It’s a sad loss for Scotland, of a real hero and an immensely popular friend.”

McRae was the first Briton named world champion and was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his achievements.

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