Mechanical failure blamed for 2018 crash, which killed club’s owner and four others

The pilot of the helicopter in the fatal crash at Leicester’s football stadium in 2018 told his passengers “I’ve no idea what’s going on” as the aircraft spun out of control, accident investigators reported.

Inspectors said the crash, which killed the owner of Leicester City Football Club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, three other passengers and the pilot, was a “tragic accident”. Mechanical failure, through a worn ball bearing in the tail rotor, led to a loss of control after takeoff from the King Power Stadium.

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