Helicopter crashes into field near village as emergency services race to scene

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A helicopter pilot has died after crashing into a field in the Scottish Highlands.

The mini Cavalon helicopter plummeted to the ground between the villages of Munlochy and Avoch, on the Black Isle peninsula, at about 1pm, The Daily Record reports.

The Inverness Coastguard Helicopter were dispatched, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police cordon has been set up around the field, near the entrance to the historic Rosehaugh Estate.

Several roads in the area were also temporarily closed.

Chief Inspector Jamie Wilson, Police Scotland’s local area commander, said: “Around 12.55pm on Thursday, 12 November, 2020, emergency services attended a report of a gyrocopter having crashed in a field near Avoch.

“A man, the pilot and sole occupant of the gyrocopter, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family are aware.

“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing in conjunction with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We were alerted at 12.55pm on Thursday, November 12 to an incident involving a helicopter between Inverness and Fortrose, Highland.

“Operations Control mobilised four appliances to the scene to assist emergency services partners and we remain in attendance.”

The Scottish Ambulance Service also sent two ambulances.

The Cavalon craft resembles a mini-helicopter with a cockpit.

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