British tourist, 21, killed by helicopter blade in Greece | Greece

Three people have been arrested after the death of a 21-year-old British man killed by a spinning rotor blade when he disembarked in Athens from a helicopter chartered by his family from Mykonos.

Greek authorities said the aircraft’s pilot and two ground engineers were detained after the incident.

“Our inquiry has focused on possible negligence,” a police source said. “Basic questions have emerged from witness testimony as to why the blades were not at a standstill when passengers were allowed to disembark on Monday.”

The victim, identified as Jack Fenton, was killed instantly. He was due to return to the UK on a private jet after holidaying with his parents on Mykonos.

Greek media said the Oxford Brookes student was struck by the helicopter’s rear rotor while attempting to take a selfie within seconds of the Bell 407 touching down at a helipad near Spata.

Fenton’s parents, who were flying behind in a second helicopter, were reportedly unaware of the tragedy when their own pilot was alerted and they were diverted to Athens international airport.

A fleet of waiting limousines had been due to take the group to the airport from the helipad.

The Mykonos-Athens passage has become a popular route for Superior Air, the aviation company that operated the luxury helicopter.

Mykonos, which has attracted the likes of Elon Musk this summer, has become a magnet for the super-rich.

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The results of an official police inquiry are expected to be delivered to a public prosecutor on Tuesday. “We have interviewed witnesses including the [three] friends who were travelling with him,” an officer said. “The probe will then be sent to the prosecutor who will assume the case.”

The unnamed pilot could face charges of involuntary manslaughter, according to media reports.

Superior Air was quoted as saying that safety protocols had been followed when the helicopter landed in Athens.

The Greek newspaper Protothema said landing staff had guided the passengers from the aircraft but Fenton, the first to disembark unexpectedly turned back and walked towards the helicopter as its engines were still in motion.

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