Thursday, February 2, 2023

Leicester City Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha And 4 Others Killed In Helicopter Crash

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THE owner of Leicester City was killed alongside four others when his helicopter burst into flames shortly after taking off from the grounds. Boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 61, died in the fireball outside the King Power Stadium along with a hero pilot, his co-pilot girlfriend, a beauty queen and another worker.In a statement, Leicester City Football Club confirmed that none of the five people on-board the helicopter had survived the crash on Saturday night. Cops said pilots Eric Swaffer, 53, and Izabela Roza Lechowicz, 46, were among those killed. The pilot of the doomed helicopter is understood to have saved hundreds of lives by steering it away from fans and a hotel in a “dead man’s curve”.Cameraman Dan Cox said: “The pilot was heroic. That helicopter could have crashed into the stadium, into the media compound where TV crews were packing up, or into the car park where I was. He crashed in part of the grounds or car park where there wasn’t anyone. It could have been so much worse if the pilot hadn’t done that.” Cops say Nusara Suknamai, a pal of billionaire Vichai and a runner-up in Miss Thailand Universe 2005, died in the crash. Kaveporn Punpare has been confirmed as the fifth victim of the crash. The football club described Srivaddhanaprabha who bought the club for £39million and led it to a first Premier League title in 2015-16 as a “great man”. It said an online book of condolence will be put on its website for supporters unable to visit the stadium to leave tributes. Tuesday’s first team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the development squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup has been postponed.Photo Credit: Getty

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