Investigators probe Hislop crash

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More details have emerged about the death of reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop, whose helicopter crashed in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday July 30.

The 11-times TT winner and double British Superbike champion was returning from visiting friends in his home-town of Hawick when the accident happened. He had already delayed the flight from the day before due to bad weather but eyewitnesses said there was still low-lying cloud in the area.

The scene of the accident at Teviothead, six miles south of Hawick, was discovered by a local farmer who was out checking his livestock when he saw the wreckage strewn across the glen.

Local police were notified and the Air Accident Investigation Bureau was called in to assess the scene. The wreckage has now been removed to the AAIB headquarters in Farnborough. Hislop’s body has been taken to Edinburgh.

A safety expert from Robinson, the manufacturer of the R44 helicopter that Hizzy was flying, was also on the scene to help with the investigation. It is expected to take up to four months before a final verdict on the cause of the accident is announced.

Add your tribute to Hizzy by clicking the link on the right to go to our BSB discussion board or email it to the MCN letters page at The ETI Ducati squad is also holding a book of condolences that will be passed on to Hizzy’s family, email

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff