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Mechanical problem caused crash that killed Leicester City owner

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The helicopter crash that resulted in the deaths of City club owner and four other people was due to a mechanical fault, the UK (AAIB) said.

A failure of the connecting the pilot's control pedals with the rotor blades in the AW169's tail caused the helicopter to spin out of control and plunge to the ground,reports news.

The chopper burst into flames on impact in the parking lot outside Leicester's King Power Stadium following a game on October 27.

Killed along with Srivaddhanaprabha were two members of his staff, Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, and pilots and

Parts of the defective were found at the

"The initiating cause and exact sequence of the failure that resulted in the loss of tail rotor control is being investigated as a priority," the said.

Srivaddhanaprabha, 61, was the of the King Power International Group, a leading company in

He bought City in 2010 when the club was playing in the Championship, England's second division.

Under the Thai mogul's leadership, achieved promotion to the for the 2015-2016 season. Widely expected to struggle on their return to the top-flight, the Foxes instead shocked the world by winning the title.



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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 14:06 IST