Le­ices­ter City he­li­copter crash caused by ro­tor ped­als fail­ure

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - FOOTBALL -

LON­DON: Dis­con­nected cock­pit ped­als caused the he­li­copter crash that killed the Thai bil­lion­aire owner of Le­ices­ter City foot­ball club and four oth­ers on Oct. 28, a Bri­tish in­ves­ti­ga­tion found Thurs­day.

The death of Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha shocked global sport and left the small city in the heart of Eng­land in mourn­ing two years after their im­prob­a­ble first and only cham­pi­onship sea­son.

The he­li­copter, dec­o­rated in the blue-and-white team col­ors, spun out of con­trol on take­off mo­ments after it cleared the sta­dium’s roof.

Vichai at­tended most of Le­ices­ter home matches, land­ing and tak­ing off from the cen­ter of the pitch.

Bri­tain’s Air Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch said a se­ries of cock­pit ped­als had some­how be­come dis­con­nected from the ro­tor on the he­li­copter’s tail. “The loss of con­trol of the he­li­copter re­sulted from the tail ro­tor ac­tu­a­tor con­trol shaft be­com­ing dis­con­nected from the ac­tu­a­tor lever mech­a­nism,” the eight-page AAIB re­port said. The he­li­copter be­gan to spin un­con­trol­lably to the right as a re­sult.

The AAIB said it was treat­ing a fur­ther probe into what caused the ped­als to dis­con­nect “as a pri­or­ity.”

Europe’s avi­a­tion safety au­thor­i­ties or­dered manda­tory checks on the type of he­li­copter in­volved, find­ing no other prob­lems to date. –

Vichai’s death shocked the global sport and left the English city in mourn­ing.

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