New video shows horrifying moment Leicester helicopter lost control

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Harrowing new footage shows the moment Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter took off, lost control in the air and plummeted to the ground.

The Leicester City owner was killed along with four others in the horror chopper crash at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Sun has since obtained the above footage, which shows the horrifying moment the helicopter started spinning out of control and spiralled downwards.

The chopper takes off. Image: The Sun
The chopper takes off. Image: The Sun

The video is taken from inside the stadium and shows the chopper leave the ground and rise up before disaster struck.

The chopper started spinning. Image: The Sun
The chopper started spinning. Image: The Sun

The chopper can be seen plummeting towards the ground before it disappears behind the stadium, crashing in the ground’s car park.

The chopper plummeted to ground. Image: The Sun
The chopper plummeted to ground. Image: The Sun

Aviation expert Jim Rowlands told The Sun he believes there was a problem with the tail rotor.

“There definitely appears to be a problem with the tail rotor, which is every pilot’s worst nightmare,” he said.

“There’s no real coming back from that.

“The pilot has clearly done an incredible job. He’s waited until the helicopter was clear of the stadium then taken it down.”

The four other victims were employees Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz, who was also a professional pilot.

Leicester to return to action with heavy hearts

Leicester’s grieving players will take to the field for the first time since the death of the club’s owner when they visit Cardiff for a Premier League game on Saturday.

The two teams said Tuesday the match will go ahead as planned in the Welsh capital, with a minute’s silence before kickoff and players wearing black armbands.

Leicester’s players have been visibly affected by the incident and have spent Monday and Tuesday attending commemorative events to pay tribute to Vichai.

“We will be offering our support to Leicester City in any way necessary in respect of this weekend’s fixture,” Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo said.

Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Leicester’s English League Cup match against Southampton, scheduled for Tuesday, had been cancelled, while games involving the club’s women’s team were also called off in wake of the crash.

Leicester opened a book of condolence inside a specially erected marquee in memory of Vichai on Tuesday, as more supporters and people from the wider community arrived at the stadium to pay their respects.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and his wife, Rebekah, wept as they placed a wreath among an ever-growing shrine to Vichai that includes flowers, scarves and soccer jerseys. Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who was present at the scene of the crash on Saturday, was in tears as floral tributes were laid inside and outside the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, who guided the team away from relegation trouble the season before it won the Premier League in improbable fashion in 2016, said Vichai’s “quiet yet authoritative aura, presence and personality have had an immeasurable influence on English football.”

“A manager could not have wished for a better boss,” Pearson wrote in a personal letter published on the website of Belgian team OH Leuven, where he has been coach since last year.

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