Horrifying video shows helicopter’s death spiral
CCTV has captured the moment Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter spirals out of control, killing him and four others.
The Leicester City football club owner was killed instantly when the chopper came down in a car park behind the King Power Stadium after a Premier League game between the Foxes and West Ham on Saturday.
Footage has since captured the horrific final moments before the helicopter crashed – bursting into a fireball.
The son and wife of Leicester’s owner visit the crash site.Source:Getty Images
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The chopper can be seen taking off from the stadium, flying just 200m before it suddenly appears to spin out of control.
It then plummets to the ground in a dead man’s curve – killing the billionaire, his assistant Kaveporn Punpare and former Thai beauty queen Nursara Suknamai.
Hero pilot Eric Swaffer was also killed as well as his co-pilot girlfriend Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
Meanwhile, vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has visited the ground to pay tribute to his father and club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his tragic death.
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Premier League: Leicester fans have flocked to the King Power Stadium to mourn the loss of Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others who passed away in a helicopter crash.
The emotional Leicester squad have also paid their respects to the 60-year-old at the ground.
Thai billionaire Vichai was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the King Power Stadium after a game against West Ham United.
Manager Claude Puel joined his players while vice chairman Aiyawatt returned to see the tributes after arriving earlier while around 200 fans broke into spontaneous applause.
Aiyawatt had been joined by his mother and Vichai’s wife Aimon at the ground and they laid a floral tribute.
Leicester’s players pay their respects to their late chairman.Source:AFP
Club officials, including director of football Jon Rudkin and chief executive Susan Whelan, also attended as they viewed the floral tributes and the family laid their own.
The president of the Thai FA, Somyot Poompanmoung and his wife, Potjaman Poompamoung, were also among the group.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has recovered the helicopter’s black boxes, voice and data, and are working on them at their Farnborough base.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who was was visibly upset at the scene, England internationals Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell and Jamie Vardy all paid tribute.
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The wife and son of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha laid a wreath outside Leicester City soccer club as tributes poured in after the Thai tycoon’s death in a helicopter crash.
Srivaddhanaprabha was the driving force of Leicester’s rise from the Championship to the top of the Premier League, bringing together a band of nomadic players who were superbly guided by manager Claudio Ranieri.
Wes Morgan was the captain of that side and said: “Absolutely heartbroken and devastated regarding the news of our chairman. A man that was loved and adored by everyone here at LCFC and someone who I personally had the utmost respect for.”
Those sentiments were echoed by former Foxes and England striker and Leicester native Gary Lineker, who saw the club claim the Premier League title at odds of 5000/1.
He tweeted: “Thank you, Chairman, for all you did for our football club. (hashtag)RIP”
Leicester manager Claude Puel looks at the thousands of floral tributes.Source:AFP
The English Football Association turned the Wembley arch blue and white out of respect while clubs all around the world, ranging from Real Madrid to non-league sides, paid tribute.
FA president Prince William said in a statement: “My thoughts today are with the family and friends of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and all the victims of the terrible crash at Leicester City Football Club.
“I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years. He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes
“He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City’s magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world.”
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