Greece: Last moments of Briton killed by helicopter rotor

An investigation into the death of Jack Fenton is ongoing in Greece (Photo: Athena Pictures/Facebook)

A British man killed by a helicopter rotor in Greece was not trying to take a selfie, officials have confirmed.

Jack Fenton, from Kent, died instantly when he was hit by the rear engine of the plane near Athens on Monday evening, having just returned from Mykonos with friends.

Researchers had initially suggested the 22-year-old ‘broke away’ from his group after being escorted to a private lounge, and back to the tarmac to take a photo.

But that version of events was disputed by those the Oxford Brookes student was traveling with.

Investigators have now ruled out that possibility and instead said that he may have taken a phone call, This is reported by The Sun.

Ioannis Kondylis, head of the accident investigation of Athens, said in an interview with local media: ‘It is not surprising that the young man wanted to take a selfie.

Jack pictured with his father Miguel, who works for a country park in Kent
Emergency services at the scene of the incident on Monday evening (Image: Intime News / Athena Pictures)

‘What is known is that the 22-year-old had a mobile phone to his ear, but it is not yet clear whether he is talking.’

After interviewing the arrested pilot and two ground crew, Mr Kondylis said Jack exited the helicopter from the right door shortly after it landed.

He then went back and ducked under the tail of the ship, which is when the ‘invisible’ – and deadly – rotor hit him.

The witnesses also emphasized that the manual control of the helicopter was observed during take off.

Mr Kondylis added: ‘One ground employee went to the left door, one to the right, they got out and escorted her [the group] 20 meters to the building.

The 22-year-old died immediately at the scene (Photo: Intime News / Athena Pictures)
Jack returned from Mykonos after a holiday with friends

‘Then one stayed with them and the other ground handler returned to the helicopter.

‘The young passenger, unknown for what reason, returned to the helicopter. We don’t know why he came back.

‘He didn’t say anything to anyone. According to the testimonies, he had a mobile phone to his ear, without us knowing if he was talking to anyone.’

When one of the ground staff saw Jack running towards the helicopter, he shouted loudly in English: ‘Stop, stop, stop’, but he did not listen, Mr Kondylis said.

He added: ‘The voices of the ground staff were also heard by the captain who was in the helicopter and wearing headphones. So they cried out loud.’

CCTV footage from a camera outside the hall will be reviewed soon to corroborate the testimonies of witnesses.

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Jackwith his mother Victoria saying the family has been left ‘devastated’ by the death of their ‘wonderful’ son.

Earlier this week, the Foreign Office confirmed that it is supporting his loved ones in the tragedy.

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Greece: Last moments of Briton killed by helicopter rotor

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