Jack Fenton's heartbreaking final moments detailed before he was killed in Greece helicopter accident

Athens accident investigation chief Ioannis Kondylis has responded to claims that the 22-year-old was taking a selfie when the incident took place

Published

An accident investigation chief has revealed the heartbreaking final moments of Jack Fenton before he was killed in a helicopter accident in Greece.

Mr Fenton, 22, travelled in one of two helicopters travelling from Mykonos to Athens towards the end of a family holiday, according to reports in Spain.

After disembarking from the first helicopter, Mr Fenton got caught up in the blade of the aircraft.

It had been reported that the 22-year-old was taking a selfie when the incident took place.

Jack Fenton
Jack Fenton

But Athens accident investigation chief Ioannis Kondylis believes those claims are false.

Mr Kondylis said: “Testimonies we have collected, it does not appear from anywhere that the young man wanted to take a selfie.

"What is reported is that the 22-year-old was holding a mobile phone and had it to his ear, but it has not yet been clarified whether he was talking.

"We have taken statements from both the pilot and the two ground staff. These are testimonies that must then be cross-referenced."

He continued: "According to them, it appears that all the regulations stipulated by the helicopter's manual were observed.

Mr Fenton was reportedly travelling from Myknonos and Athens
Mr Fenton was reportedly travelling from Myknonos and Athens

“One ground employee went to the left door, one to the right, they disembarked and escorted them 20 metres to the building.

“Then one stayed with them and the other ground attendant 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 was holding a mobile phone which he had to his ear, without us knowing if he was talking to someone.

"When one of the ground staff saw him walking towards the helicopter he shouted loudly in English 'stop, stop, stop' but he didn't listen.

"The ground staff's voices were also heard by the captain who was inside the helicopter and was wearing headphones. So they shouted out loud.

“The young man, according to the statements, had exited through the right door and did not head back to his seat.

“He went under the tail section of the helicopter and ended up on the left side where he was hit by the rotor, which at the speed it was turning was not visible."