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What could have caused Leicester City owner’s helicopter crash?

first_imgOn Saturday evening, a helicopter carrying Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other passengers crashed shortly after take-off, killing everyone on board.The incident, which happened just over an hour after the Foxes had secured a 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham, has stunned the footballing world and left the 2015-16 English champions in a state of shock. “Under the UK regulations this consultation lasts for 28 days.“Representations made by those consulted are given due consideration before the publication of the final report.“Most field investigation reports are published within 12 months of an accident occurring.” Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/f/1f/leicester-city-tributes_trx3pj7vku2o1j7pce1gdmfbs.jpg?t=-1159829098&w=500&quality=80 “If you lose your tail rotor it’s almost impossible to recover from,” he said.”You can’t get out of it. It would be more luck than judgment if you were to survive.”It could have been a human factor, it could have been pilot error or poor maintenance that led to something.”While Rowlands admitted that his “gut feeling” was a mechanical issue, he added that there were “so many things it could have been”.Speculation that a police drone might have been the cause of the crash has been put to bed, however, by Leicestershire Police, who revealed on Twitter that it was not in flight at the time. The AAIB has appealed to witnesses who have videos or photographs of the crash to contact Leicestershire Police.It was later reported by Sky that investations found that the crash was caused by a pin that had come loose in the tail rotor control mechanism, resulting in the helicopter becoming unstable and preventing the pilot from being unable to control it.Further investigations into the incident showed that the pilot’s pedals became loose from the tail rotor, causing the aircraft to make an uncontrollable right turn before immediately spinning and falling, crashing into the ground in flames.There was a “build-up of black grease” on one componenent of the mechanism linking the pedals and tail rotor, causing it to become disconnected.When will the cause of the Leicester helicopter crash be known?It could take many months to discover the exact cause of the crash due to the painstaking nature of the investigation that the AAIB will have to undertake.“The site phase is only the start. Once everything has been documented and photographed, and witnesses have been contacted, the wreckage is usually recovered and transported to our facility in Farnborough,” it explained.Once in Farnborough, the wreckage is studied in detail, which involves various tests and can even include flight simulator sessions.“This phase of an investigation can take several months for an accident involving a light aircraft and potentially more than a year for a major accident,” according to the AAIB.However, a ‘special bulletin’ from the organisation is released within a month of a major accident investigation to provide details of initial findings. Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/cc/7b/leicester-city-helicopter_15uwqdogo79o21rm57rvhaphud.jpg?t=-1167179906&w=500&quality=80 The full report on the crash will, however, only be published when the AAIB is satisfied it has done all it can to ascertain the cause of accident and it will not put a timeframe on how long that may take, though they are optimistic it will be under a year.“When we have analysed the evidence, drawn conclusions and are making safety recommendations, a draft report goes through several stages of internal review within the AAIB,” it said.“We are then required to issue a confidential draft report to those that have been involved in the investigation and also those whose reputation may be affected by our report. Tributes have poured in for those who lost their lives in the incident, with former Leicester star Riyad Mahrez dedicating the winner he scored for Manchester City against Tottenham on Monday to a man he described as “such a good human”.Questions have naturally arisen as to how tragedy struck and what exactly caused the incident, and while an investigation is already underway, it could be months before an answer is delivered.What could have caused the Leicester helicopter crash?The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), which is the body that looks into civil aircraft accidents in the UK, was on the scene shortly after the crash to begin its investigation into the incident.It has deployed inspectors who will cover the four accident investigation disciplines of engineering, operations, flight data and human factors.The AAIB has confirmed that it has recovered the flight data recorders from the wreckage and the inspectors began studying the recorder on Monday. It also revealed that it was “subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire”.”The engine stopped and I turned round and it made a bit of a whirring noise, like a grinding noise,” freelance photographer Ryan Brown told BBC Radio Leicester.”The helicopter just went silent, I turned round and it was just spinning, out of control. And then there was a big bang and then [a] big fireball.”Speaking to the BBC, Jim Rowlands, a former RAF Puma crew member, said that he believes the incident was caused by an issue with the tail rotor, which prevents the helicopter from spinning around. last_img read more

Tumwater Auto Spa Celebrates Earth Day

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Tumwater Auto SpaApril 22 has been designated Earth Day.  Each year a new theme is chosen to encourage citizens of the world to think about the choices they make and how they affect the health of our planet.  This year’s theme is Trees for the Earth.  This theme was chosen to encourage cities and individuals around the world to consider the important role trees play in a healthy Earth.   Not only do trees provide beauty to the world around us but they help us have healthier and cleaner air as they filter out harmful CO2 from our atmosphere.Earth Day is a time to reflect on our habits and how they impact our planet.Earth Day Network continues monitoring the Billion Acts of Green by asking individuals to share their stories in video, pictures, and in written form about how they are making choices in their daily lives that make planet Earth healthier.  These Acts of Green include such daily activities as choosing to wash your clothes in cold water, picking up garbage in your community or taking your vehicle to a commercial Green certified car wash instead of washing it at home.  This year it may include planting a new tree and truly working toward this year’s theme of Trees for Earth!When you wash your car at home you are putting soap and dirt, as well as oil, grease, solvents, nutrients, and metals into our local bodies of water.  While most individuals who wash their own cars at home do not think that the simple act of washing their car has a negative impact on the environment when just the opposite is true.  A survey in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties found that almost 40% of all residents were still washing their cars at home.  Just think about the amount of harmful pollutants that are being sent into local storm water drains which flows unfiltered into our streams, rivers, lakes and ultimately into Puget Sound.Washing your car at Tumwater Auto Spa is an environmentally conscious choice.You can do your Act of Green by making the simple choice of using a commercial carwash instead of washing your car at home.  Tumwater Auto Spa located at 6040 Capital Blvd., Tumwater, WA has been awarded “Green” status among carwashes in the area.  Over 85% of the water used to wash your car is being recycled and reused at Tumwater Auto Spa.  The oil, grime, dirt and soap flowing off of your car as it is being washed are filtered by their state-of-the-art reclaim system.  The only water that finds its way into the local sewer system is water that is free of these contaminants!Tumwater Auto Spa also has a fundraiser program that will work with your club or organization to still have carwash fundraiser but without doing damage to our local water systems.  Make the right choice—make the green choice by using your neighborhood commercial carwash.  Do your part this year as together we create Green Cities!last_img read more

Back to the grind stone for Nelson Leafs, first up Murdoch rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks

first_img“I thought we started the season not in as good as shape as other teams so we spent the past week doing some dry land training and working on lots of skill development,” said Leaf coach Chris Shaw when asked about the mini-training camp one month into the season. “We adopted the lunch pail mentality and I feel it’s starting to pay off and will go a long way to making us a better team.”First up is a team the Leafs is Beaver Valley, a divisional rival who doubled Nelson 6-3 in the first meeting between the two clubs at the NDCC Arena.Saturday Nelson plays host to the 2-4 Golden Rockets at 7 p.m. before concluding the Thanksgiving weekend with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday against 4-7 Princeton Posse.“An 0-4 start is not what we wanted but it’s still early in the season and if we have a good weekend we can move right up the standings and prove to the league this will be a competitive hockey team,” explained Shaw, assuming his role behind the bench as head coach after serving a three-game suspension.The Leafs defence will be bolstered by the return of rugged rearguard Tyler Parfeniuk. The Kelowna product has been out of the lineup with an injury since game one of the season.However, while Parfeniuk resumes play, the news is not as good for winger Cody Abbey. Shaw said the medical staff is taking a cautious approach to make sure Abbey’s injury does not get any worse.Shaw said Marcus Beesley gets the start in goal tonight of the Leafs in Fruitvale. However, tonight’s backup Darren Hogg should see action in one of the two home games.LEAGUE NOTES: Castlegar winger Ryan Aynsley has been voted the player of the month for the Kootenay Conference. The Kelowna product is tied for the league lead in scoring with Thierry Martine of Osoyoos, each with 20 points. Aynsley shot up the scoring ladder with a six-point game last month against Grand Forks. Brandon Formosa of the Sicamous Eagles earned the honour in the Okanagan Conference. . . .The Nitehawks will be without the services of Tyler Collins and Bryan Hinchcliffe. The KIJHL handed the players three and four game suspensions, respectively for fighting and misconduct penalties. Cale Wright of Fernie was given three games for a match penalty while three Revelstoke Grizzlies’ players — Derek Grimm (1), Cody Larsen (3) and Braeden Monk (1) were also disciplined by the league. sports@thenelsondaily.com By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsBelieve it or not, for as bad a start the Nelson Leafs experienced the club is only four points out of second in the Neil Murdoch standings and eight behind division leading Castlegar Rebels.And now, thanks to a quirk in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League schedule, the Leafs have played fewer games than every other team in the Murdoch Division.Nelson, idle since September 29th, gets a chance to make a comeback when the team plays three games in three days, starting tonight in Fruitvale against a team higher in the standings — the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.last_img read more

Locks lock up medals at B.C. Cross Country Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsDespite fatigued from a heavy week of training, the Locke boys managed to capture bragging rights in the Junior Boy’s Division at the B.C. Cross Country Championships Saturday in Kamloops.The race was held at the Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lakes. Julien and Peter Locke of Nelson finished with gold and silver, respectively, in the 10-kilometer Junior Boy’s Individual Start Skate race.“We (Peter and I) are currently training for Nationals and we raced after a heavy week of intense training with no rest,” Julien Locke explained. “As expected, I felt a bit flat but I was still able to race quite well.”“I had a good race in Kamloops but I am quite tired now from training for Nationals and I was not able to keep up with Julien’s pace during the 10-kilometre race,” said Peter Locke.Both Peter and Julien Locke ski out of the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland.The Locke boy’s sister, Robyn took fifth overall in the Juvenile Girl’s Individual Start Skate five-km race.  Sunday in the 3 X 3.5 km Junior Men Classic Relay, the Nelson team of Peter and Julien Locke combined with Shawn DeGroot of the Nelson Nordic Ski club to claim the top prize.Robyn Locke finished eighth overall in the Junior Women’s event.All racers are preparing for the Canadian Cross Country Championships March 12-19 in Canmore, Alta. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

CONQUEST FARENHEIT, ZAKAROFF, CISTRON & TACO ALL FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 PASADENA STAKES AT MILE ON TURF; WIDE OPEN FIELD OF 10 SOPHOMORES ENGAGED

first_imgTHE $75,000 PASADENA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PST CONQUEST FARENHEIT: Originally based with trainer Mark Casse at Woodbine, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scatt Daddy pressed the pace in the 6 ½ furlong turf Baffle here on Feb. 20, prevailing by 1 ¾ lengths as the 7-5 favorite in his second start for Miller.  A sharp second at 4-5 in the one mile turf Summer Stakes (Grade II) three starts back at Woodbine on Sept. 18, he’s been favored in all four of his lifetime starts and looks like the probable Pasadena favorite as he stretches back out to two turns.    Additionally, he achieved a Pasadena-best 92 Beyer Speed figure in winning the Baffle.  Owned by Rockingham Ranch or Littlefield, he’s 4-2-1-1 with earnings of $110,045. ZAKAROFF: A respectable fifth two starts back in the 1 1/16 miles California Derby on Jan. 21, this Kentucky-bred gelding by California-based Slew’s Tiznow stretched out to 1 1/8 miles on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta to win the Grade III El Camino Real Derby by a half length on Feb. 18 at odds of 48-1.  With many options before them, Zakaroff’s connections appear to have chosen a prudent path in trying grass for the first time in the Pasadena.  A graded stakes winner on synthetic, Zakaroff can be expected to handle the turf well as he cuts back in distance a furlong.  Ridden to victory in the El Camino Real Derby by Kyle Frey, he’ll get the first-time services of Joe Talamo on Sunday.  Owned by longtime Specht client Antone Metaxas, Zakaroff is the leading money earner in the field with $148,120 accumulated from an overall mark of 6-2-1-1. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 16, 2017)–With eight out of the 10 runners engaged coming off recent wins, Conquest Farenheit, Zakaroff, Cistron and undefeated Taco all figure prominently in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes, for 3-year-olds at one mile on the Santa Anita turf.With trainer Peter Miller’s Conquest Farenheit and Steve Specht’s Zakaroff both coming off last-out stakes wins, John Sadler’s Cistron, comes off a gutty allowance win over the course.  Throw in Efren Loza, Jr.’s Taco, unbeaten in four starts, his most recent triumph a minor turf stakes at Sam Houston Park, the Pasadena looms a completely wide-open affair and quite possibly the best betting race on the nine-race program. TACO: Unbeaten in four starts, two at Gulfstream, one at Fairgrounds in New Orleans and most recently a 1 1/16 miles turf stakes Sam Houston Park on Feb. 25, this Kentucky-bred colt by Gio Ponti looms the biggest question mark in the field in what will be his Southern California debut.  Based at Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder), Taco would appear to have the right style in what appears to be a speed-laden lineup as he’s rallied from off the pace in all four of his wins.  Owned by Kathleen Amaya, Raffaele Centofanti and Daniel Alonso, Taco has earnings of $82,800. CISTRON: A gate to wire winner one mile turf allowance winner here on Feb. 5, he made the lead two starts back when third, beaten three quarter of a length in the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes two starts back on Dec. 30.  Triple Crown nominated, this Kentucky-bred colt by The Factor broke his maiden at a mile turf three starts back on Dec. 4 and appears on edge for Sunday’s Pasadena.  Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC or Little Red Feather Racing, Cistron could be hard pressed to make the early lead if Conquest Farenheit opts for a similar trip.  With an overall record of 5-2-0-2, he has earnings of $80,889. Big Sky Logan–Corey Nakatani–120Taxman’s Quest–Flavien Prat–120Ritzy A. P.–Victor Espinoza–120Ky. Colonel–Mike Smith–120Taco–Jesus Rios–124Cistron–Tyler Baze–122Monster Man–Rafael Bejarano–120Conquest Farenheit–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Zakaroff–Joe Talamo–124Bird Is the Word–Kent Desormeaux–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more