Leicester: Pilot not to blame for helicopter crash

source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał

Leicester: Pilot not to blame for helicopter crash Lack of contact between the cockpit and rear rotor was the cause of crash that happened on October 27 beside King Power Stadium, according to 8-page report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.


Special bulletin was released yesterday, announcing the findings of AAIB in ongoing investigation into the October 27 disaster outside King Power Stadium. The findings are of crucial importance as they were possible only after the aircraft was lifted from the site and recorded data of the helicopter was analysed.

In short, though it's explained comprehensively in the 8-page report, the pilot lost control of his machine's rear rotor, which caused lack of steering capacity and caused the crash itself. We should stress, however, that the investigation is ongoing.

On October 27 Leicester City FC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and two of his guests were supposed to fly back to London after the LCFC game against West Ham United. As was customary, the owner's private helicopter took off from the centre of the stadium but only managed to fly outside when it started rotating and falling.

All five people on board were killed in the crash. Aside from team owner those were celebrity Nusara Suknamai, team owner's friend Kaveporn Punpare and two experienced pilots: first pilot Eric Swaffer and Izabela Róża Lechowicz.