Leicester City mourns helicopter crash victims as club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha among the dead

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TOUCHING TRIBUTE: A sea of flowers lines the stadium grounds. Credit: @brfootball/Twitter

THE helicopter crash outside Leicester City’s stadium on Saturday killed the club’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot, and a passenger, it has been confirmed.

The aircraft had just cleared the King Power Stadium when it spiralled out of control and crashed into a fireball at 20:30pm BST.

Leicestershire Police said it believed the other people killed in the accident to be Nursara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

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Mr Swaffer had more than 20 years’ flying experience as a private jet and helicopter pilot, and has been labelled a hero for steering the helicopter away from the crowds as it fell.

Hundreds of people queued up on Monday morning to lay flowers, soft toys and scarves, and the Srivaddhanaprabha family took time to look over them as they laid their own wreathes.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch have released a statement which confirms that inspectors have recovered the helicopter’s digital flight data recorder, which will now be analysed.

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