A 22-year-old British tourist has died after a helicopter propeller hit him in Greece on Monday evening. Britain’s Times newspaper reported that police identified the victim as Jack Fenton and said he was seriously injured while disembarking from his chartered plane.
A senior police officer told the Times: “He was the first person to disembark from a Bell 407 helicopter in Athens and as he drove backwards, the plane’s small rear rotor hit his head.”
The helicopter’s pilot and two ground crew were taken into custody and appeared before a prosecutor with possible charges of negligence, the Times reported.
“We are doing everything we can to understand what went wrong and how this tragic accident happened,” the senior police officer told the Times.
“We are supporting the family of a British man killed in Greece and are in contact with local authorities,” a spokesman for Britain’s Foreign Office told the Press Association news agency.
Fenton and his group reportedly hired two helicopters to fly from the Greek island of Mykonos to a private airport in Spata. They were then planning to fly back to the UK on a private jet
Fenton reportedly landed the helicopter and followed it while its engines were still running. Britain’s Independent newspaper said it had collided with the tail rotor.
Fenton’s parents were reportedly in another helicopter, which had not yet landed at the time of the accident. As The Independent reports, the pilot of that helicopter decided to move to another airport after being alerted by his colleagues on the ground, so that the parents would not have to see the accident scene.
The Independent reported that emergency services were called to the scene, but the victim was believed to have been killed almost immediately.