Four people died in the crash at Jerviswood near the town of Lanark in southern Scotland, Strathclyde Police said.
There were no survivors and formal identification of the bodies was not expected until Sunday.
"We can now confirm that four people were on board the helicopter which crashed in the wooded area in Lanark at 16:10 (1510 GMT) this afternoon," a Strathclyde Police spokesman told AFP.
"The bodies were found within the helicopter which is owned by Mr Colin McRae. It is believed he was on board.
"However, until formal identification has taken place we will be unable to confirm the identities of those on board.
"Police are still at the scene where further searches are continuing. Air accident investigations will be carrying out a full investigation into the cause of the crash."
A police source anticipated formal identification might be made mid-morning Sunday.
McRae, 39, held a pilot's licence and travelled by helicopter on a regular basis.
The Scot won the 1995 World Rally Championship and was the runner-up in 1996, 1997 and 2001.
He was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996.
Quoted from AFP
R.I.P Colin Mcrae
Edited by jwin767, 16 September 2007 - 01:38 AM.