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Highland Aviation pays tribute to tragic gyrocopter pilot who died yesterday after crashing into a field near to Avoch on the Black Isle

By Ian Duncan

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Paul Nichol.
Paul Nichol.

An aviation firm based at Inverness Airport has paid tribute to the pilot who was killed when he crashed into a field near Avoch yesterday.

The 67-year-old, who was named locally as Paul Nichol from Balloch, died on what was believed to have been his second solo flight.

He was piloting an aircraft from the fleet of Highland Aviation which is based at Inverness Airport.

A spokesman said: "We regret to announce there was a Gyrocopter incident on Thursday, November 12, that involved an aircraft operated by Highland Aviation.

"We are all devastated by the loss of our friend, and our deepest sympathy goes out to the pilot's family and friends. We are assisting local Police and AAIB as they investigate this tragic loss.

"The flying school is currently closed and will reopen on Monday 16th November. We would ask everyone to respect our privacy, and that of the pilot's family at this time."

BREAKING NEWS: Gyrocopter pilot who died in a crash on the Black Isle near Avoch named as 67-year-old Paul Nichol

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