The helicopter crash that resulted in the deaths of Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people was due to a mechanical fault, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said. A failure of the mechanism 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.
The chopper burst into flames on impact in the parking lot outside Leicester’s King Power Stadium following a Premier League game on October 27.
Killed along with Srivaddhanaprabha were two members of his staff, Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz. Parts of the defective mechanism were found at the crash site.