Leicester City chopper entered tail-spin before fatal crash
New footage of the Leicester City helicopter that crashed and killed the football club’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, shows the aircraft spinning out of control before it hit the ground.
The Thai billionaire and four others died instantly when the chopper exploded into a fireball outside Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Saturday after a Premier League match.
Vision taken from inside the stadium, obtained by The Sun newspaper, shows the chopper slowly taking off from the pitch, as was usual practice, before entering a rapid tail spin.
The footage shows the helicopter plummeting on the far side of the stadium and out of sight before it cuts away and shows stewards scrambling into action.
The exact cause of the crash remains unclear, however it was earlier confirmed that it was not caused by a police drone.
The footage comes after Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s wife and son were joined by Leicester City players in placing flowers alongside the masses laid by grieving supporters at the ground on Monday.
Police named the other victims of the crash as passengers Izabela Roza Lechowiczas, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, as well as pilot Eric Swaffer.
The Italian manufacturer of the helicopter, Leonardo SpA, said it was ready to assist in the ongoing investigation into the incident being conducted by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
The AAIB has also said it has recovered the flight data recorder and would remain in the city until the end of this week before transporting the wreckage to its facilities in Farnborough.
“Our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire," a statement from the branch said.