Investigators are but to find out why a helicopter concerned in a crash which killed the proprietor of Leicester Metropolis misplaced management.
Earlier than the AW169 helicopter spun uncontrolled it turned proper, regardless of the pilot’s left pedal command, in accordance with a preliminary report by the Air Accidents Investigation Department (AAIB).
The AAIB acknowledged that the “reason for the obvious lack of yaw management has but to be decided” however revealed that “investigation of the tail rotor system is being carried out as a precedence”.
Footage of the incident seems to point out that sections of the tail rotor might have fallen off in mid-air.
The plane reached an altitude of roughly 430ft earlier than plummeting to the bottom close to Leicester Metropolis’s King Energy Stadium, the AAIB mentioned.
It was “quickly engulfed in an intense post-impact hearth” and all 5 individuals on board had been killed.
Leicester Metropolis proprietor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, workers Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his accomplice, Izabela Roza Lechowicz – who was additionally an expert pilot – had been all killed within the accident on October 27.
Following the crash, the European Aviation Security Company ordered that security checks needs to be carried out on the tail rotors of AW169 helicopters and comparable fashions.
The primary flight of the day for the helicopter concerned within the crash was from Fairoaks Airport in Surrey, with one pilot and one passenger.
Three further passengers boarded at London Heliport in Battersea, south London, earlier than the helicopter flew to Leicester Metropolis’s Belvoir Drive coaching floor in Leicester, the place it was shut down.
All 5 occupants went to the stadium, the place Leicester had been taking part in West Ham United in a Premier League fixture.
The pilot and a passenger returned to the coaching floor to make the quick flight to land on the centre circle of the stadium’s pitch.
Quickly after taking off 50 minutes later, at 8.37pm, the helicopter crashed.