CCTV captured moment Leicester City owner’s helicopter crashed to the ground
Footage has emerged of the moment Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter spiralled out of control moments after take-off. The CCTV footage shows the helicopter crashing to the ground in a car park outside the King Power Stadium killing all five people on board. Experts investigating what caused the helicopter crash have begun analysing the flight recorder retrieved from the wreckage. The recorder on board the AW169 helicopter was ‘subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire’, the AAIB said. Italian aerospace company Leonardo, which built the helicopter, said this is the ‘first ever accident involving an AW169 helicopter’ and it is ‘ready to support the AAIB’.
Leicester City will open a book of condolence today to allow fans to pay their respects to the owner. The book, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, was due to be opened at the stadium at 8am. Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s son Aiyawatt was among those to lay a wreath at the ground on Monday, where hundreds of tributes have been left. Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s wife Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha, Somyot Poompanmoung, president of the Thai FA, and Mr Poompanmoung’s wife, Potjaman Poompanmoung, were among those who also visted the scene. William, president of the Football Association and a keen football fan, said he was lucky to have known Mr Srivaddhanaprabha for several years.
Players paid tribute on social media to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, who became chairman of the club in 2011. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is carrying out an investigation into what caused the Agusta Westland AW169 helicopter to crash a few hours after the Foxes drew 1-1 with West Ham.
CCTV shows moment Leicester helicopter fell from sky before fatal crash
In the footage the aircraft can be seen coming out of the King Power stadium just after 8.30pm on Saturday as it lifted off from the pitch. It rises slowly above the trees surrounding the stadium and goes out of the screen’s view for 12 seconds. A bright light from the front of the helicopter then suddenly comes back into view. The aircraft quickly spins downwards 360 degrees before the crash. It only took three seconds for the helicopter to reach the ground in car park E after returning to the CCTV camera’s view.
On Sunday evening it was confirmed that Leicester City’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was in the aircraft when it crashed in a fireball. The much-loved Thai billionaire died alongside the other four people on-board – pilot Eric Swaffer, his girlfriend and fellow pilot Izabela Roza Lechowicz, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, who both worked for Mr Srivaddhanaprabha. Tributes have been paid to the five victims, with Leicester players sharing an emotional moment with hundreds of fans at the stadium on Monday. The ever-growing mass of flowers, shirts and notes outside the stadium displaying the popularity of the owner, who turned the club’s fortunes around. Earlier in the day, Top and Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s wife walked carefully through the tributes to lay a wreath of their own.
Supporters continued to turn up at the stadium throughout the day, and with a book of condolence to be opened later this week, the flow of fans is set to continue.
Leicester helicopter crash: CCTV footage shows moment chopper crashed
Chilling CCTV footage of the incident has emerged, which captures the point at which the chopper comes down. Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crashed in a car park outside the King Power Stadium at around 8.30pm on Saturday. Leicester had just played out a 1-1 draw with West Ham in the Premier League. Mr Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people – including the pilot – are known to have died in the crash. Tributes have been laid at Leicester’s King Power Stadium over the past two days to commemorate the five people who died.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester City in 2010 and oversaw their promotion to the Premier League. He then funded a remarkable 2015/16 title charge that saw Leicester upset odds of 5000/1 to win the Premier League for a first time in their history. Leicester played in the Champions League the following season and Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s ambition was to get the club into the top four on a regular basis. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, part of the 2016 title-winning team, issued a statement on the Leicester helicopter crash today. Leicester also tweeted pictures of the wreath laying ceremony today.
Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who took the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016, spoke to Italian TV about the incident. Ranieri, who is out of work after leaving Nantes earlier this year, called on Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s son – Aiyawatt – to continue on from his father.
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