Billionaire owner of Leicester City dies in helicopter crash with beauty Queen & hero Pilots

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THE owner of Leicester City has been confirmed killed alongside four others when his helicopter burst into flames shortly after taking off from the club’s stadium ground on Saturday.
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 his right-hand man.

Club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been confirmed dead in the horror crash

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In a statement, Leicester City Football Club confirmed that none of the five people on-board the helicopter had survived the crash.
Hero pilot Eric Swaffer, 53, and his girlfriend Izabela Roza Lechowicz, 46, were among those killed.

Mr Swaffer 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.

‘Dead’… pilots and partners Izabela Lechowicz, Eric Swaffer.

‘Aboard’… sources say Nusara Suknamai, a pal of billionaire Vichai and a runner-up in Miss Thailand Universe 2005, died in the crash.

The owner’s right-hand man Kaveporn Punpare, nicknamed Golf, said to be the fifth victim.

The burnt shell of the helicopter of the club owner Thai businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, that crashed when leaving the ground on Saturday evening after the match, can be seen outside the Leicester City stadium this morning.

The helicopter of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha lands on the pitch at the end of the game before making it’s final fateful journey

LEICESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB STATEMENT IN FULL

Leicester City Football Club confirming the death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: “It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium.

“None of the five people on-board survived.

“The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss.

“In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.

“Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy.

“A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday October 30 for supporters wishing to pay their respects.

Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy.

“A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday October 30 for supporters wishing to pay their respects.

“Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course.

“Both Tuesday’s First Team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the Development Squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed.

“Everyone at the Club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time.”

Source: The SUN

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