Tail rotor to blame for crash
British air accident investigators looking into the cause of the helicopter crash that killed Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha say the failure of the tail rotor mechanism caused the pilot to lose control.
Thai businessman Mr Vichai, 60, was killed on October 27 along with four others when the helicopter crashed out- side the King Power Stadium in the central English city of Leicester after a Premier League match.
Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said on Thursday that the cockpit pedals had become disconnected from the tail rotor.
“The evidence gathered to date shows that the loss of control of the helicopter resulted from the tail rotor actuator control shaft becoming disconnected from the actuator lever mechanism,” the report said.
The aircraft reached an altitude of about 130m before plummeting to the ground.