British holidaymaker killed in helicopter accident in Greece

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Jack Fenton, 22, has been named as the young holidaymaker who lost his life in the tragic accident in Athens



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Jack Fenton, 22, has been named as a Briton who lost his life after a horrific helicopter crash in Athens. (Source: Facebook)

Tributes were paid to the Brit, who died after being hit by a helicopter blade while on holiday in Greece.

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The young man, named Jack Fenton when he was 22, died after disembarking from the helicopter in Athens.

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The helicopter pilot and two ground crew were arrested but reportedly released without charge.

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Jack was on vacation with a group of family and friends at the time of his death.

Jack Fenton, 22, has been named as a Brit who lost his life after a horrific helicopter crash in Athens. (Source: Facebook)

What happened in the helicopter accident in Greece?

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Jack is said to have been on a helicopter ride after visiting the island of Mykynos with his parents and three others.

Jack and the three friends had been in one helicopter while his parents followed in a separate helicopter.

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The young man was the first to get out of the vehicle and, after getting out, went to the stern of the helicopter.

Corresponding The mirrorA Greek Police source confirmed that Jack died after being decapitated by the tail blades of the Bell 407 helicopter.

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They said: “The blades were still moving when he disembarked and our investigation has focused on possible negligence. The Rota should have stood still as the young man exited the plane.

“The file has now been sent to the public prosecutor. The investigation is complete.”

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A senior police official said: “He was the first to exit the Bell 407 helicopter in Athens and as he moved backwards he was hit in the head by the plane’s small tail rotor,” a senior police official told The Times.

They added that there was “no chance of his survival” and that his death was “immediate”.

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The pilot radioed the second helicopter in which his parents were traveling and informed the pilot that the accident had occurred.

Jack’s parents were then transported to another airfield in Spata, a source said The sun: “The pilot saw what had happened and decided to spare the parents the sight of their son – it was horrifying.”

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Who was Jack Fenton?

Jack Fenton was a 22-year-old junior account executive at media company Ball Street Network, a position he first took on in March 2022.

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He had previously studied Sports Coaching, Physical Education and Sport Science at Oxford Brookes University, having attended public school Sutton Valance School in Kent as a child.

Mr Fenton’s mother, Victoria, described her son as “wonderful” and said the family was “devastated”.

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She told MailOnline: “We only found out what happened at 10pm last night. We are totally devastated. He was the most wonderful boy.”

She added that Mr. Fenton safely exited the helicopter after landing, but walked behind him and was killed instantly by the rear propeller.

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Mr Fenton was described as “very popular” by the headmaster of his former school in Maidstone, Kent.

James Thomas, Headmaster of Sutton Valence School, said: “Our school was deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Jack this morning.

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“He was a very popular member of the community and we have sent our condolences to the family.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the incident.”

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Was the pilot charged?

After his death, the pilot and two ground technicians were arrested in connection with the 22-year-old’s death.

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However, according to the BBC, they have been released without charge while the investigation continues.

However, Ioannis Kandyllis, President of Greece’s Air Accidents Committee, said: “All four passengers had disembarked and were being escorted to a private lounge where they awaited a private flight to London.

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“But once they were in the lounge, the victim broke free and returned to the tarmac, rushing towards the helicopter at a rapid pace.

“Witnesses we spoke to said he had a phone to his ear and quickly ran to the plane, defying the ground crew who yelled at him, ‘Stop! Stop!’

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

Jack Stanton-Greeve, who was in the same group as his friend Jack, said they were given no instructions on exiting the helicopter and recounted The sun: “They just opened the doors for us. We got out alone and nobody stopped Jack from going to the back of the helicopter.

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“He wasn’t on his phone and why he turned to the back of the helicopter I don’t know.”

A police source also described the death as “an unprecedented tragedy” that “never should have happened.”

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