Tail ro­tor to blame for crash

The West Australian - - WORLD -

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.

Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha

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