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Preliminary Report on AW169 G-VSKP Accident


UK’ Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) released special bulletin about the AW169 G-VSKP crash at King Power Stadium, Leicester last October 27

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AAIB, December 06, 2018 - The AW169 helicopter which crashed killing football team Leicester City's chairman and four others spun out of control after a mechanism became disconnected causing the aircraft to turn uncontrollably to the right before it crashed near the King Power Stadium.

These are the results mentioned in a special bulletin reelased by UK’ Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). PDF link.

An inspection at the crash site found parts of a mechanism linking the pilot's pedals to the tail rotor had become disconnected and there was a "build-up of black grease" on one component.

Last October 27, taking off from inside King Power Stadium, the helicopter climb normally for about 40 seconds before it pauses and goes into a downward spin. The aircraft reached an altitude of approximately 430 ft / 130 m and then crashed to the ground being rapidly engulfed in a post-impact fire killing all five people on board: Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two staff members Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

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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Aircraft mentioned in this article :
AgustaWestland AW169 G-VSKP     ( )

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--Helicopters Accident Reports

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