Unexpected helicopter mishap that sadly claimed the life of a British tourist who was traveling back from a family vacation in Greece. The young man, age 21, and one of his siblings were returning from Mykonos when he went to the back of the leased car without realizing that the propeller was still spinning.
According to local sources, the Bell 407 helicopter’s pilot and two ground crew members have been detained by police as they look into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. The man, who has not been identified, is thought to have died quickly when he approached the tail of the helicopter and came into contact with the blade, which gave him “horrific head injuries.”
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In a similar chopper, the parents had been traveling to the same location in Spata, a town close to Athens. But in order to save them from having to witness their son’s body, the pilot changed the destination to Athens International Airport.
The pilot witnessed what had happened and opted to spare the parents from seeing their son since it was horrifying, a source told The Sun. He continued on to another helipad in Athens, where the young man’s death was confirmed and the couple received consolation.
Although the cause is being looked into, it is still unknown how or why this occurred given how obviously dangerous rotor blades are. “We are talking about a disaster — an extraordinary tragedy — a tragedy that should never have happened,” the police source continued.
It will be examined in the current investigation, according to Giorgos Kalliakmanis, director of the police union for south-eastern Athens. Authorities want to know if the rotor blades were still running when the passengers were allowed to leave the helicopter.
According to Kalliakmanis, the pilot might be charged with manslaughter if proved to be at fault, according to the Greek news outlet Mega Channel. He said, “We want to see if the pilot told the passengers to exit the helicopter.
Unless he presses a button that stops the propellers after 50 seconds, they continue to spin for nearly two minutes after the engine is turned off. “There is no protection on the helicopter door; anyone may open it and exit. The initial examination will examine if the pilot gave them the warning to exit when the engines and propeller stopped.
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