A British tourist has been confirmed dead after reportedly being chopped to death by a helicopter blade while he was on the way home from a luxury vacation on the island of Mykonos.

Jack Fenton, 22, a British tourist who had come for a posh vacation on the high-end party island of Mykonos, was reportedly dismembered to death after he discovered himself in the path of a moving rotor blade at the rear of a Bell 407 aircraft while the helicopter was still operating. Fenton and his family had just returned in the helicopter to the mainland and were due to board a private jet to go back home when the horrifying incident happened, the Daily Beast reported.

The gruesome incident reportedly transpired as two privately rented helicopters carrying a group of Britons prepared to land on a helipad after flying in from the island of Mykonos. Fenton and his friends were seated in the first helicopter to land. Meanwhile, Fenton’s parents and other friends were in a second helicopter. After the young man was killed, the second pilot made a snap decision not to land and instead flew to Athens.

Following the incident, the Greek police arrested the helicopter pilot and two ground technicians on pending charges of manslaughter. However, the Athens District Attorney’s office released them after hearing testimony that they had warned the young man to get away from the helicopter, BBC reported.

Meanwhile, Greece’s Aviation Safety and Accident Investigation Board checked the surveillance footage and interviewed workers, and determined that Fenton had safely disembarked from the helicopter. However, he then turned back and ran towards the helicopter where he was chopped to death by the aircraft's blades.

“They shouted to him to stop but he was going towards the helicopter,” an eyewitness said. However, it is unclear what motivated him to return back to the helicopter.

The officers have launched an investigation into the incident to find out why the area around the moving blade was not secured, and why the passengers were allowed to roam the area while the helicopter was still in operation.

“He was the first to disembark the Bell 407 helicopter in Athens and as he moved to the back, he was hit in the head by the aircraft’s small rear rotor,” a senior police official said.

Fenton was a former pupil of Sutton Valence School near Maidstone, Kent.

A statement from headmaster James Thomas of Sutton Valence School said: "Our school was very sad to hear the tragic news about Jack this morning."

"He was a very popular member of the community, and we have sent our condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the incident," it continued.

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