Witnesses screamed at Brit, 22, to stop as he walked towards helicopter to ‘take selfie’ before being killed by rotor


HORRIFIED onlookers screamed at a Brit to stop as he walked towards a helicopter before he was killed by a high-speed rotor blade amid fears he was trying to take a selfie.

Jack Fenton, 22, was travelling back from Mykonos with three pals in the hired chopper as his parents followed behind when he was struck in the head by the craft’s rear spinning blade in Athens, Greece.

The pilot of the black Bell 407 craft – said to be “deeply traumatised” by the incident – and two ground technicians have been arrested as cops investigate.

Jack disembarked the chopper after it landed at the Superior Air helipad in Spata and is understood to have been led to safety away from the runway by staff.

But it’s claimed Jack started to move back away from the reception and towards the helicopter – despite those around him shouting at him to stop.

His fellow passengers and the pilot then reeled in horror as they saw a sweeping blade kill him instantly at around 6.20pm local time.

Ioannis Kandyllis, president of Greece’s committee for aviation accidents – which is probing the incident – said Jack headed back towards the helicopter “at pace”.

He said: “All four passengers had disembarked and were escorted to a private lounge awaiting a private flight for London.

“But as they were in the lounge the victim broke away and returned to the tarmac, rushing to the helicopter at a fast pace.

“Witnesses we spoke to said he had a phone to his ear and was walking to the aircraft quickly, defying ground crew shouting to him, ‘Stop! Stop!’

“Within seconds the tragic accident occurred. It was horrific.”

It’s understood Jack – who studied Sports Coaching & PE, Sports Studies at Oxford Brookes – “suffered horrific head injuries caused by a spinning rotor blade”.

Cops are probing whether Jack, who went to the £7,740-a-year Sutton Valance School in Maidstone, Kent, was trying to take a selfie when he was struck.

A police source told : “We are examining every eventuality, including the possibility of the boy going there to take a selfie in the excitement of the moment.”

After Jack was struck, the shocked pilot managed to radio the second craft with his wealthy parents on board and requested emergency permission to abort the landing.

Jack’s mum and dad Miguel – who is head of marketing, sales and PR at the 400-acre visitor attraction The Hop Farm in Kent – were instead taken to Athens Airport.

A source told The Sun: “The pilot saw what had happened and decided to spare the parents the sight of their son – it was horrendous.

“He flew on to another helipad at Athens where the couple were consoled as it was confirmed that the young man was dead.

“The cause is being investigated but it remains unclear why this happened – or was allowed to happen when rotor blades pose such an obvious danger.”

A police source added: “We are talking about a tragedy – an unprecedented tragedy – a tragedy that should never have happened.”

Sources said the family’s 115 mile trip in two helicopters from their holiday in Mykonos would have cost in excess of £15,000 alone.

And limousines were on standby at the Lolo Heliport at Spata on the outskirts of Athens to whisk them straight to a “family-owned private jet” waiting to fly them back from the Greek capital’s international airport.

Giorgos Kalliakmanis, the head of the Greek police union, said the investigation will focus on whether correct safety procedures were followed.

The helicopter’s pilot could face manslaughter charges if he was deemed to be at fault, Kalliakmanis told the Mega news channel.

He said: “We want to see if the pilot informed the passengers to get off the helicopter.

“These propellers run for about two minutes from the time he turns the engine off unless he presses a button which stops them at 50 seconds. 

“The helicopter door has no security, anyone who wants to open the door and get out. 

“The preliminary investigation will look at whether the pilot informed them to get out when the propeller and engines stopped.”

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