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    Leicester Helo crash: Tail Rotors disconnected from controls

    AAIB Give Leicester City Helicopter Crash Update

    6 December 2018, 14:15 | Updated: 6 December 2018, 14:17


    The helicopter involved in a crash which killed the owner of Leicester City lost control after the pilot's pedals became disconnected from the tail rotor, investigators said.


    This resulted in the aircraft making an uncontrollable right turn before it spun and crashed, according to a special bulletin by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).


    The report revealed that a system linking the pilot's pedals with the tail rotor failed.


    An inspection at the crash site found parts of a mechanism had become disconnected and there was a "build-up of black grease" on one component.


    The failure of the system led to the pitch of the tail rotor blades being changed "until they reached the physical limit of their travel", investigators noted.


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


    Footage of the incident appears to show that sections of the tail rotor may have fallen off in mid-air.


    The AW169 helicopter reached an altitude of approximately 430ft before plummeting to the ground near Leicester City's King Power Stadium.


    It was rapidly engulfed in a post-impact fire and all five people on board were killed.


    Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, employees Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner, Izabela Roza Lechowicz - who was also a professional pilot - were all killed in the accident on October 27.


    Following the crash, the European Aviation Safety Agency ordered that safety checks should be carried out on the tail rotors of AW169 helicopters and similar models.

    https://www.capitalfm.com/eastmids/r...-crash-update/

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    Does this mean the hero-pilot and conspiracy-theory tin-hat brigades can crawl back under their stones...

    ...good, what a relief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Nursara Suknamai



    Still a tragedy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Nursara Suknamai
    Sukonmai?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    AAIB Give Leicester City Helicopter Crash Update

    6 December 2018, 14:15 | Updated: 6 December 2018, 14:17


    The helicopter involved in a crash which killed the owner of Leicester City lost control after the pilot's pedals became disconnected from the tail rotor, investigators said.


    This resulted in the aircraft making an uncontrollable right turn before it spun and crashed, according to a special bulletin by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).


    The report revealed that a system linking the pilot's pedals with the tail rotor failed.


    An inspection at the crash site found parts of a mechanism had become disconnected and there was a "build-up of black grease" on one component.


    The failure of the system led to the pitch of the tail rotor blades being changed "until they reached the physical limit of their travel", investigators noted.


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


    Footage of the incident appears to show that sections of the tail rotor may have fallen off in mid-air.


    The AW169 helicopter reached an altitude of approximately 430ft before plummeting to the ground near Leicester City's King Power Stadium.


    It was rapidly engulfed in a post-impact fire and all five people on board were killed.


    Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, employees Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner, Izabela Roza Lechowicz - who was also a professional pilot - were all killed in the accident on October 27.


    Following the crash, the European Aviation Safety Agency ordered that safety checks should be carried out on the tail rotors of AW169 helicopters and similar models.

    https://www.capitalfm.com/eastmids/r...-crash-update/
    Is that short for accident or sabotage?

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    I heard the so-called 'grease' was actually novichok.

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    Was Putin seen running away with a big spanner in his hand? Surprised May didn't think of that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Is that short for accident or sabotage?
    "The initiating cause and exact sequence of the failure that resulted in the loss of tail rotor control is being investigated as a priority."

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    Follow the money!

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    Still smells fishy..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Still smells fishy..
    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Nursara Suknamai
    Have a heart.... RIP Hot Bird.

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    ...the loss of tail rotor control is being investigated as a priority."
    That's quite clever to give a priority to the loss of tail rotor. Beside of this, there is no longer much to investigate, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Is that short for accident or sabotage?
    "Catcha later"

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