Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes outside club's King Power stadium

buka001

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I saw a video of the crash, from liftoff to impact.

The pilot used the translational lift method for take off. Is that normal?

As he cleared the stadium, is when it all went wrong.

Helicopter went into a spin. I knew something related to the tail rotor had gone wrong.
 

Gordon_R

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I saw a video of the crash, from liftoff to impact.

The pilot used the translational lift method for take off. Is that normal?

As he cleared the stadium, is when it all went wrong.

Helicopter went into a spin. I knew something related to the tail rotor had gone wrong.
Because the stadium is a confined space, the takeoff was (almost) vertical. I don't think any translational lift could be used under those circumstances. The procedure had been used safely on many previous games.

Whether that was wise or not, is a different question. Lengthy discussion about the pros and cons on aviation forums. Twin-engine failure, auto-rotation, and many other factors come into play...
 
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