Police suspect that the Briton who was killed by a helicopter’s spinning blades while returning from a family vacation may have been attempting to take a selfie.
When Jack Fenton, 22, was struck in the head by the helicopter’s high-speed tail rotor near Athens, Greece, he was returning from Mykonos with three friends and his parents following behind.
Two ground technicians and the black Bell 407’s pilot, who is reportedly “very traumatised” by the incident, have been detained while police conduct their investigation.
After the helicopter touched down at the Superior Air helipad in Spata, Jack is said to have exited the vehicle and proceeded to the tail, not realising that a rotor was still turning.
Around 6.20 p.m. local time, his other passengers and the captain watched in horror as a sweeping blade quickly killed him.
“He was the first to exit the Bell 407 helicopter in Athens and as he proceeded to the back, he was struck in the head by the aircraft’s small rear rotor,” a police officer who identified the victim as Jack told The Times.
There was no chance that he would live. His demise happened suddenly.
According to reports, Jack, who attended Oxford Brookes and studied sports coaching, physical education, and sports studies, “suffered catastrophic brain injuries caused by a spinning rotor blade.”
Police are looking into whether Jack, who attended Maidstone, Kent’s £7,740-per-year Sutton Valance School, was attempting to take a photo when he was struck.
We are looking into every scenario, including the likelihood that the boy went there to take a selfie out of excitement, a police source told The Sun.
The startled pilot was able to signal the second craft, which was carrying his affluent parents, and make an emergency plea to cancel the landing.
Instead, Jack’s parents Miguel, who oversees marketing, sales, and PR at the 400-acre Kent tourist site The Hop Farm, were driven to the airport in Athens.
The pilot witnessed what had happened and opted to spare the parents 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.