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Leicester City crash helicopter rotor pedals failed: probe

AFP  |  London 

Disconnected cockpit pedals caused the crashed that killed the Thai billionaire owner of City football club and four others on October 28, a British investigation found on Thursday.

The death of 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 the blue and white colours of the team, spun out of control on takeoff moments after it cleared the stadium's roof.

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

Britain's Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a series of cockpit pedals had somehow become disconnected from the rotor on the helicopter's tail.

"The loss of control of the resulted from the tail rotor actuator control shaft becoming disconnected from the actuator lever mechanism," the eight-page AAIB report said.

The 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 have ordered mandatory checks on the type of helicopter involved, finding no other problems to date.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 21:15 IST
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