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Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crashed due to pedal mechanism disconnecting, investigation says

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Srivaddhanaprabha died within the crash on October 27, which additionally killed the opposite 4 individuals on the plane

The helicopter which crashed killing Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and 4 others spun uncontrolled after a pedal mechanism grew to become disconnected, investigators have mentioned.

A report from the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) discovered cockpit pedals had disconnected from the tail rotor.

Srivaddhanaprabha’s death shook the football world

Srivaddhanaprabha’s demise shook the soccer world

The AW169 plane then turned uncontrollably to the best earlier than crashing close to the King Power Stadium.

The AAIB added its inquiries into the crash, which occurred on October 27 had been ongoing.

Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his workers Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Roza Lechowicz had been killed within the crash.

A public memorial for Mr Swaffer and Ms Lechowicz – who police mentioned was a passenger on the time of the crash – is happening at Guildford Cathedral on Thursday.


An inspection of the crash website discovered elements of a mechanism linking the pilot’s pedals to the tail rotor had turn into disconnected and there was a “build-up of black grease” on one part.

The failure of the system led to the pitch of the tail rotor blades being modified “until they reached the physical limit of their travel”.

The report learn: “The initiating cause and exact sequence of the failure that resulted in the loss of tail rotor control is being investigated as a priority.”

Footage of the plane’s final flight, taken from inside the bottom, exhibits the AgustaWestland AW169 flying usually for about 40 seconds earlier than it pauses and goes right into a downward spin.

Srivaddhanaprabha would arrive and depart Leicester home matches on his helicopter

Srivaddhanaprabha would arrive and depart Leicester residence matches on his helicopter

The helicopter reached an altitude of roughly 430ft earlier than crashing to the bottom.

It was engulfed in a post-impact fireplace and all 5 individuals on board had been killed.

The European Aviation Safety Agency ordered security checks to be carried out on the tail rotors of AW169s and comparable fashions following the crash.

At the pilots’ memorial service in Guildford, Ms Lechowicz’s sister Kate paid tribute to the pair including that each had been excited on the prospect of changing into aunt and uncle to her son who’s now 18 days previous.

She mentioned: “They were just an incredible couple and amazing pilots”.

“[They were] always there for their family and friends, ready to fly across the globe to be with us or anyone who would need it.”

“I want you might meet one another. We have already utilized for his passport, as you wished, so he can fly earlier than he walks.

“You have touched the lives of every single person you have met… I know I am not alone in feeling a part of me is missing that never can be replaced.”

Srivaddhanaprabha helped Leicester to their incredible Premier League title win in the 2015/16 season

Srivaddhanaprabha helped Leicester to their unbelievable Premier League title win within the 2015/16 season

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