Former champion dies in awful accident at the age of 65

Former rally champion Donald Milne tragically died at age 65 in a plane crash in Spain.

Milne's plane was struck by a fire service helicopter near Alicante, and investigators ruled it an accident. Milne was 65.

Milne won the 1991 Scottish Championship, and he also guided Colin McRae to a rally championship in 1988.

According to, Milne was originally from Aberdeen, but he split time between Dubai and Spain over the last two decades.

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Milne had been flying since he was 28. His son, Quintin, said Donald will be "sorely missed."

"He was a larger than life character who lived life to the full," Quintin said.

"My dad was loved by so many people and he helped so many people. He will be sorely missed by his family and the response we have had over the last few days has only confirmed what a wonderful man he was."

Our thoughts go out to Milne's family as they go through this difficult time.