HORRIFYING 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.
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Premier League: CCTV has captured the harrowing moment the helicopter of Leicester City’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed, just seconds after taking off from King Power Stadium.
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A portrait of Leicester City Football Club’s Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash at the club’s stadiumSource:AFP
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.
Shocked witnesses revealed how they saw the helicopter plummet to the ground with Jo White, from Leicester, saying: “We were walking back to the car and we heard the helicopter lift off.
Wes Morgan (L) looks at the floral tributes left to the victims of the helicopter crash which killed Leicester City’s Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha,Source:AFP
“We heard the noise and then it just went silent.
“It was the silence that made us look back.
“It was spinning and going up and down and around and round.
“We thought the pilot was messing about or doing an emergency drill.
“Then it just dropped. There was no noise. It was an eerie silence.”
She added: “We couldn’t hear or smell anything, we just saw the smoke billowing over.
“It was surreal.”
Witnesses recalled seeing the officer run straight towards the helicopter, leaving his colleague standing beside their police car.
Vichai, 60, bought the club for £39million in 2010 and led it to a first Premier League title in 2015-16 despite odds of 5,000-1.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, son of the late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, stands with Jamie Vardy (R)Source:Getty Images
The tragedy is being described as the “darkest day” in the club’s history, and mourners and players today flocked to leave floral tributes and football shirts in memory of those killed onboard.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch confirmed today they had recovered the helicopter’s black box from the wreckage as they search for clues around just what happened in the seconds before the crash.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission
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