Leicester City crash helicopter ‘tail rotor controls failed’

Mechanism was disconnected, rendering pilot’s pedal commands ineffective, say investigators

The helicopter crash in which the Leicester City football club owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and four other people were killed appears to have been caused by the failure of a part in the tail rotor that linked it to the pilot’s controls, investigators have found.

Safety agencies have now ordered owners of similar Agusta helicopters to check parts within the rotor, after a second special bulletin released by the Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) confirmed mechanical failure had been detected.

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