Boy dies in helicopter crash at charity event

Sunday 13 July 1997 23:02 BST

A nine-year-old boy died and two adults and three other children were injured - none seriously - in a helicopter crash during a charity event near the Queen Mother's Glamis Castle in Perthshire, yesterday. The five injured passengers were taken to Dundee Royal Infirmary after the Jet Ranger helicopter came down in a field less than a mile from the castle just before midday. The victim was later named as Gary Malley, from Dundee.

A spokesman for Tayside Police said the helicopter was one of a number taking about 300 children with disabilities and special needs on rides from the Scottish Transport Extravaganza fete organised in the castle grounds by the Forfar-based Strathmore Vintage Car Club. The helicopters were hired by the children's charity Airborne, which was established by broadcaster Noel Edmonds. It is not yet known what caused the crash, but a spokesman for Tayside Fire Brigade said there may have been heavy rain in the area at the time. Investigators from the Air Accident Investigations Branch are to carry out an inquiry.

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