The pilot killed in a helicopter crash in the Western Isles has been named as 59-year-old Peter Clunas from Aberdeenshire.
The AS350 squirrel helicopter, operated by PDG Aviation Services, plunged into Loch Scadavay in North Uist yesterday morning.
The family of Mr Clunas, who is from the Newburgh area, released a statement this afternoon which says: “We would like to thank emergency services for all their efforts at the scene of the accident.
“Peter was a larger than life character who loved flying. He was a keen cyclist and swimmer.
“He will be missed by all who knew him.”
Mr Clunas was the sole occupant of the helicopter when it came down into the water at Loch Scadavay.
Western Isles area commander Chief Inspector Ian Graham said: “Our thoughts remain with Mr Clunas’s family and friends at this difficult time, as well as the local community on North Uist.
“I would also take the opportunity to express our thanks to the members of the public who assisted at the scene during this tragic incident.
“Our inquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing and officers have been liaising with partner agencies, including the Air Accident Investigation Branch which has attended at the scene today.”