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CCTV shows moment Leicester helicopter fell from sky before fatal crash

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The moment the Leicester City chairman’s helicopter fell from the sky before crashing outside the club’s stadium was captured on CCTV.

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.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha during the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth at The King Power on 21 May 2017
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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester City in 2010

It only took three seconds for the helicopter to reach the ground in car park E after returning to the CCTV camera’s view.

Sky Sports News cameraman Dan Cox was walking across the car park when the helicopter came overhead.

He said: “The next thing I just looked up and it was just spinning, static just out of control, just a constant spinning, I have never seen anything like it.



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“I don’t know how the pilot did it but he seemed to manage to slow down the spinning rotation and it drifted off into the corner part of the car park.

“To my mind the pilot was heroic and the two police offers in front of me, who also tried to help, they are heroes too.

“It could have been so much worse if the pilot hadn’t done that.”

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter crashed close to Leicester City's stadium
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Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crashed close to Leicester City’s stadium

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.



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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.

Khun Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, and Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha, son and wife of Leicester City's owner Thai businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
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Family members of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha went to see the tributes

There was a hushed silence before fans broke out into applause for the squad, who were joined by the owner’s son and club vice-chairman, Aiyawatt, known to supporters as “Top”.

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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.

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