On Saturday night, a helicopter carrying Leicester Metropolis proprietor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and 4 different passengers crashed shortly after take-off, killing everybody on board.

The incident, which occurred simply over an hour after the Foxes had secured a 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham, has shocked the footballing world and left the 2015-16 English champions in a state of shock.

Tributes have poured in for many who misplaced their lives within the incident, with former Leicester star Riyad Mahrez dedicating the winner he scored for Manchester Metropolis in opposition to Tottenham on Monday to a person he described as “such human”.

Questions have naturally arisen as to how tragedy struck and what precisely triggered the incident, and whereas an investigation is already underway, it could possibly be months earlier than a solution is delivered.

What might have triggered the Leicester helicopter crash?

The Air Accident Investigation Department (AAIB), which is the physique that appears into civil plane accidents within the UK, was on the scene shortly after the crash to start its investigation into the incident.

It has deployed inspectors who will cowl the 4 accident investigation disciplines of engineering, operations, flight knowledge and human elements.

The AAIB has confirmed that it has recovered the flight knowledge recorders from the wreckage and the inspectors started finding out the recorder on Monday. It additionally revealed that it was “topic to intense warmth on account of the post-accident hearth”.

“The engine stopped and I turned spherical and it made a little bit of a whirring noise, like a grinding noise,” freelance photographer Ryan Brown instructed BBC Radio Leicester.

“The helicopter simply went silent, I turned spherical and it was simply spinning, uncontrolled. After which there was a giant bang after which [a] huge fireball.”

Talking to the BBC, Jim Rowlands, a former RAF Puma crew member, mentioned that he believes the incident was brought on by a problem with the tail rotor, which prevents the helicopter from spinning round. 

“In the event you lose your tail rotor it is virtually unimaginable to get better from,” he mentioned.

“You may’t get out of it. It will be extra luck than judgment when you had been to outlive.

“It might have been a human issue, it might have been pilot error or poor upkeep that led to one thing.”

Whereas Rowlands admitted that his “intestine feeling” was a mechanical challenge, he added that there have been “so many issues it might have been”.

Hypothesis {that a} police drone might need been the reason for the crash has been put to mattress, nonetheless, by Leicestershire Police, who revealed on Twitter that it was not in flight on the time. 

The AAIB has appealed to witnesses who’ve movies or images of the crash to contact Leicestershire Police.

It was later reported by Sky that investations discovered that the crash was brought on by a pin that had come unfastened within the tail rotor management mechanism, ensuing within the helicopter turning into unstable and stopping the pilot from being unable to manage it.

Additional investigations into the incident confirmed that the pilot’s pedals turned unfastened from the tail rotor, inflicting the plane to make an uncontrollable proper flip earlier than instantly spinning and falling, crashing into the bottom in flames.

There was a “build-up of black grease” on one componenent of the mechanism linking the pedals and tail rotor, inflicting it to turn into disconnected.

When will the reason for the Leicester helicopter crash be identified?

It might take many months to find the precise reason behind the crash as a result of painstaking nature of the investigation that the AAIB should undertake.

“The positioning section is just the beginning. As soon as all the things has been documented and photographed, and witnesses have been contacted, the wreckage is normally recovered and transported to our facility in Farnborough,” it defined.

As soon as in Farnborough, the wreckage is studied intimately, which includes varied assessments and may even embrace flight simulator classes.

“This section of an investigation can take a number of months for an accident involving a lightweight plane and doubtlessly greater than a yr for a significant accident,” in accordance with the AAIB.

Nonetheless, a ‘particular bulletin’ from the organisation is launched inside a month of a significant accident investigation to supply particulars of preliminary findings.

Leicester City tributes

The complete report on the crash will, nonetheless, solely be revealed when the AAIB is glad it has executed all it may to determine the reason for accident and it’ll not put a timeframe on how lengthy that will take, although they’re optimistic it will likely be below a yr.

“When now we have analysed the proof, drawn conclusions and are making security suggestions, a draft report goes by means of a number of phases of inside overview inside the AAIB,” it mentioned.

“We’re then required to challenge a confidential draft report back to these which were concerned within the investigation and in addition these whose popularity could also be affected by our report.

“Below the UK rules this session lasts for 28 days.

“Representations made by these consulted are given due consideration earlier than the publication of the ultimate report.

“Most subject investigation experiences are revealed inside 12 months of an accident occurring.”

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