Disconnected cockpit pedals caused the helicopter crash that
killed the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City football club
and four others on October 28, a British investigation found on
The death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha shocked global sport and
left the small central English city in mourning two years after
the club's improbable first and only top-level championship
The helicopter, decorated in the blue and white colours of the
team, spun out of control on takeoff moments after it cleared the
Vichai attended most Leicester home matches, landing and taking
off from the centre of the pitch.
Britain's Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a series
of cockpit pedals had somehow become disconnected from the rotor
on the helicopter's tail.
"The loss of control of the helicopter resulted from the tail
rotor actuator control shaft becoming disconnected from the
actuator lever mechanism," the eight-page AAIB report said.
The helicopter began to spin uncontrollably to the right as a
The AAIB said it was treating a further probe into what caused
the pedals to disconnect "as a priority".
Europe's aviation safety authorities have ordered mandatory
checks on the type of helicopter involved, finding no other
problems to date.