An investigator has revealed that the copter crash that killed Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha might have started via a “major failure of the tail rotor.”
The crash which happened on Saturday after a Premier League clash also killed four other passengers on board.
And a former senior investigator at the Air Accident Investigations Branch, Tony Cable on Wednesday, alluded it to “white pieces” seen “flying off” the helicopter as it left the pitch.
“There’s quite a number of them. (They) could be part of a rotor blade,” Cable told Sky Sports.
“It’s certainly a possibility, particularly considering what happens after that, which is when the helicopter starts rotating in the opposite direction from the main rotor. This is what you’d expect if you lose tail rotor thrust.
“There is then a five or six second period before the helicopter starts rotating. The normal technique [to avoid this] is to cut the power, the power from the main rotor. ‘But this is clearly way out of control. ‘It’s very consistent with a tail rotor failure. I gather there haven’t been any of such on the AW169 (the helicopter).”