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Richards walks away from helicopter crash 17 Sep 2007

David Richards (GBR) CEO Prodrive.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Belgian Grand Prix, Race Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 16 September 2007

David Richards, whose Prodrive organisation is due to enter Formula One racing next season, survived a helicopter crash on Sunday, less than 24 hours after his former driver, ex-world rally champion Colin McRae, died in a similar accident.

Richards was piloting his own helicopter back to the UK from the Belgian Grand Prix, after leaving Spa early upon hearing of McRae’s death.

The former BAR boss ran into suspected transmission trouble near Stansted Airport, but managed to land the craft before it crashed onto its side. Richards and his wife - the only passenger - walked from the wreckage unharmed.

McRae, who won his 1995 title with Richards, was also piloting his own helicopter when it crashed near his Scottish home on Saturday. His son and two other passengers also perished.