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Old 31st Jul 2003, 01:23
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Unhappy Helicopter crash in Scotland

BBC noting this in their headlines.

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Old 31st Jul 2003, 01:40
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Scottish crash

helicopter has crashed in the Scottish Borders killing one person.
The civilian aircraft came down at the remote Caerlanrig Farm near Teviothead, off the A7 near Hawick.

Lothian and Borders Police were alerted to the accident at 1650 BST, but a spokesman said it may have happened earlier in the day.

A fire brigade spokesman confirmed there had been one fatality and said only the pilot was on board.

Firefighters and other rescuers have had to use a four wheel drive vehicle to get from the A7 road to the scene.

The helicopter is believed to have been flying north when it got into difficulties and came down on moorland.

A farmer is believed to have reported the crash.

One eyewitness said the aircraft seemed to have caught fire when it hit the ground.

Wreckage is reported to be scattered over a wide area.

A spokeswoman for the Civil Aviation Authority said the pilot would not have had to file a flight plan in advance unless he planned to use airspace open to commercial planes.
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Old 31st Jul 2003, 03:21
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Anyone have any idea what sort of helicopters it was or who the operator was. Might have been one of PDG's as arent they up that way.

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Old 31st Jul 2003, 05:11
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BBC reports it was Superbike champ Steve Hislop.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3111299.stm

Latest from the BBC.

Just seen on Sky News too that it appears the man killed was British Superbike champion Steve Hislop.

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RIP Hizzy......How sad.....a great champion who will be sorely missed....what a tragic year for motorcycle racing.....RIP Daijiro 74
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Another of Motorcyclings Stars lost and all round nice guy, before their time very Tragic, condolences to the families involves.
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Old 31st Jul 2003, 07:00
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from the BBC
Bike champ killed in helicopter crash
British Superbike champion Steve Hislop has died in a helicopter crash in the Scottish Borders.
Hislop, who was a Scot, was 41 and had won the British Superbike title in 1995 and 2002 and also won 11 races at the Isle of Man TT.

His helicopter came down at a remote farm near Teviothead, off the A7 close to Hawick.

He was understood to have been visiting friends living in the area when the accident happened.

Lothian and Borders Police were alerted to the accident at 1650 BST, but a spokesman said it may have happened earlier in the day.

It is understood the aircraft may have been travelling from the south of England.

Firefighters and other rescuers have had to use a four wheel drive vehicle to get from the A7 road to the scene.

The helicopter is believed to have come down on moorland, leaving wreckage scattered over a wide area.

Pat Douglas, 47, said her husband Walter, 51, had come across the crash scene while tending livestock.

"We didn't see or hear anything really. We heard a helicopter buzzing around earlier today but we were not aware that anything was untoward until later," said Mrs Douglas.


She said Caerlanrig farm was the nearest inhabited building to the scene of the accident.
"We are about half a mile from where the crash happened."

Farm worker John Hepburn, 18, from Teviothead, who saw the crash scene said: "The main body of the helicopter was on top of a bank and the tail was below, next to a burn.

"You would hardly know it was a helicopter unless you knew what had happened."

A Department of Transport spokesman said an air accident investigation team was on its way to the site to conduct a full inquiry. The team were expected to arrive at the crash site at first light on Thursday.

Hislop was a regular race winner but suffered two horrific accidents which would have ended a lesser rider's career.
In 2000 he broke his neck at Brands Hatch while a year later he was within touching distance of another title when he crashed into title rival John Reynolds at Rockingham.
He ploughed into the concrete retaining wall at terrifying speed and suffered a badly broken leg, ankle and collarbone, costing him the title.

Hislop, who was born in Hawick, was a popular face at racetracks around the country.
Nicknamed `Hizzy', he enjoyed wild card appearances in World Superbikes and regularly upset the international stars on home turf.
Steve Hislop factfile
1962: Born in Hawick, Scotland, on 11 January
1990: Claims British 250cc title
1994: Wins Isle of Man TT
1995: Clinches British Superbike championship
2000: Breaks neck during championship round at Brands Hatch
2002: Fights back to take second British Superbike title [/quote]



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Reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop has been killed in a helicopter accident in his native Scotland.

Hislop was flying his helicopter alone near Hawick in the Scottish Borders when the vehicle crashed.

Hislop, 41, was a two-time British Superbike champion having first won the title in 1995.

The Scot was a regular race winner but suffered two horrific accidents.

In 2000 he broke his neck at Brands Hatch while a year later he was within touching distance of another title when he crashed into title rival John Reynolds at Rockingham.

He ploughed into the concrete retaining wall at terrifying speed and suffered a badly broken leg, ankle and collarbone, costing him the title.

Nicknamed 'Hizzy', he enjoyed wild card appearances in World Superbikes and regularly upset the international stars on home turf.

He bounced back from his Rockingham injuries to win the championship last season but was immediately released by his MonsterMob Ducati team.

This season proved difficult with Virgin Mobile Yamaha and he was released earlier this month and was preparing to join a new team in ETI Ducati.

Lothian and Borders Police said a farmer raised the alarm at 4.50pm on Wednesday - but indicated the accident could have happened earlier.

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I 1st met Steve when he was learning to fly at Barton and he was always a real nice guy, I still owe him a drink, always very approachable and unassuming even as world champion.

1st Bazzer now Steve a bad year for bike racing.

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Old 31st Jul 2003, 08:34
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Sad loss of a great rider.

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Old 31st Jul 2003, 13:54
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any one know the details of the helicopter
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"Hislop was flying his helicopter alone near Hawick in the Scottish Borders when the vehicle crashed near a remote farmhouse."
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Old 31st Jul 2003, 15:03
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Not quite sure what details Mr Thunder has added to the thread there, but several months ago I was reading a bike mag and it showed a picture of Hislop in a stationary Enstrom. It was taken late in the evening, so it was mostly dark, but I could make out that it was parked in his back garden, and perhaps, perhaps, it was a 480.

PS The Daily Mirror says it was an R44, so it was probably a Mil-26.

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From a conversation I had yesterday about Steve and aircraft I'm pretty sure it was a R44 out of Booker he was in.

My thoughts go out to all concerned.

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Old 1st Aug 2003, 00:28
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From the crash site picture on BBC News Online (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3113577.stm), it is definitely an R44.
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Old 1st Aug 2003, 00:46
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From the picture on the BBC link, it looks like a 500 skid tube.
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Old 1st Aug 2003, 00:47
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My sincere sympathies go out to Steve,s family,friends team mates and fellow BSB riders who will all, along with his many fans miss him.
A true sportsman and great ambassador to all who have an interest in the greatest sport in the world.
Barry,Daijiro Kato,and now Steve this is truly a dark year for our sport.
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Nitefiter...you are quite right in addition to those named we have also lost David Jeffries....let us hope that this is an end to motorcycle racing tragedies for a long time to come.....RIP.....
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One of the daily's has a picture from a different angle and also states it was an R44, which ties in with their picture.
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Old 1st Aug 2003, 02:28
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It was a R44 out of Booker (Wycombe Air Park)

The machine was approx a year old

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