British tourist, 22, killed instantly by spinning helicopter blade

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A 22-year-old British holidaymaker has been killed instantly in Greece after he walked into the spinning blades of a helicopter while reportedly trying to take a selfie, authorities believe.

Jack Fenton was exiting the helicopter in Athens after arriving from popular tourist destination Mykonos with friends on Monday (local time) when the tragedy occurred.

Police say the aircraft's pilot and two engineers have been arrested and they are investigating "possible negligence", The Guardian reported.

Jack Fenton was killed when he was struck by a spinning helicopter blade. Source: Facebook via BBC
Jack Fenton was killed when he was struck by a spinning helicopter blade. Source: Facebook via BBC

Local media says the pilot could face charges of involuntary manslaughter.

There are conflicting reports as to how the death occurred, with a friend who was in the helicopter telling Mail Online they were given no exit instructions.

Greek media says authorities suspect Mr Fenton was on his phone and attempting to take a selfie, however the friend said the claim is "totally untrue".

Ioannis Kandyllis, president of Greece's committee for aviation accidents, said Mr Fenton made his way to the rear of the helicopter at a "fast pace", describing his death as "horrific".

He said instructions to stop from crew were either missed or ignored, with crew saying the group had initially been escorted into the lounge at the Superior Air helipad.

The rotors can spin for up to two minutes once the engine is shut off.

Mr Fenton pictured with friends on holiday before his death. Source: MailOnline
Mr Fenton pictured with friends on holiday before his death. Source: MailOnline

While initial reports suggest Mr Fenton's parents were on a second helicopter that was later diverted when learning of Mr Fenton's death, Mail Online reports the parents were of a different member of the group.

Mum pays tribute to 'wonderful' son

The group was due to be picked up in limousines before leaving Athens on a private-jet. The cost of the two helicopters is reported to be more than £15,000 ($26,000).

Mr Fenton's mother told Mail Online the family is "completely devastated".

"He was the most wonderful boy."

She says the friends were all sober and had only drunk water all day.

The group are believed to be school friends at an exclusive boarding school southeast of London. Mr Fenton attended Oxford Brookes University.

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