Record falls despite equipment freezing up, fuel running out and atmospheric conditions that forced the fragile aircraft down.
With warm weather finally settling in Poland, pilot Łukasz Czepiela decided to start off the season by the sea in style – by landing a plane on Sopot pier.
Izabela Lechowicz was co-pilot on the helicopter that crashed just minutes after taking off from Leicester’s football ground. The pilot, Eric Swaffer who was also Lechowicz’s romantic partner, has been hailed as a hero for managing to guide the stricken helicopter away from houses and a carpark still packed with fans heading off after a match.
Polish pilot Łukasz (Luke) Czepiela triumphs in the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Cup race in Budapest.