Leicester Metropolis crash helicopter ‘did not reply to pilot command’

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Leicester Metropolis helicopter 'didn’t reply to pilot's command'

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Media captionThe broadly shared footage exhibits the helicopter taking off

The helicopter that crashed outdoors Leicester Metropolis's stadium, killing 5 folks, didn’t reply to the pilot's command, preliminary findings present.

Membership chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and 4 others died when the plane got here down after a match on 27 October.

The Air Accidents Investigation Department (AAIB) mentioned the helicopter began to show proper "opposite to the pilot's left pedal command".

It added the reason for the obvious lack of management remains to be being investigated.

Broadly shared video footage, taken contained in the stadium, exhibits the AgustaWestland AW169 climbing usually for about 40 seconds, earlier than it pauses and goes right into a downward spin.

Security checks have been ordered on helicopters of an identical design to the one concerned within the crash, and an investigation of the tail rotor management system is being "carried out as a precedence".

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(L-R): Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Kaveporn Punpare, Nusara Suknamai, Izabela Roza Lechowicz and Eric Swaffer had been killed within the crash

In a Particular Bulletin, the AAIB mentioned the helicopter launched into its first flight of the day from Fairoaks Airport in Surrey with the pilot and one passenger on board.

It later landed at London Heliport in Battersea the place three extra passengers boarded. The plane then flew to the Belvoir Drive Coaching Floor in Leicester and people on board went to the King Energy Stadium.

The pilot and one passenger then went again to the coaching floor and flew the plane again to the stadium.

5 folks in complete – Mr Vichai, two members of his employees, Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz – then boarded the plane which was because of fly to Stansted Airport.

After taking off, the helicopter "entered an growing proper yaw opposite to the pilot's left pedal command".

Yaw is the rotation of a automobile to the left or proper.

It reached an estimated top of 430ft (121.9m) earlier than it descended and crashed in an "roughly upright place".

The AAIB additionally mentioned it had no proof to counsel interference or the involvement of a drone at this stage.

The wreckage from the crash has been taken to a facility in Farnborough, Hampshire.

An inquest heard there was "minimal probability" for anybody on board the helicopter to outlive.

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