Leicester City FC owner, Thai-billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium on Saturday, 27 October 2018.
It had just cleared the King Power Stadium when it spiraled down and crashed in a fireball at 20:30 BST.
The Casualties In The Crash
The Thai business tycoon was not the only casualty. The other people killed in the crash were two members of Mr Vichai’s staff – Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare – pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
Mr Vichai, 60, had bought Leicester City for $50 m in 2010. The billionaire was also the owner and chairman of King Power Duty Free. Under his ownership, the Foxes won the Premier League in 2016 after having commenced the season as 5,000/1 outsiders.
Ms Nursara, staff member of King Power, was a former model was a runner-up in Miss Thailand Universe 2005. Not much?is known about Mr Kaveporn. His Facebook page says he hails from Bangkok
The helicopter’s pilot, Eric Swaffer, was a veteran pilot. He had more than two decades of flying experience as a private jet and helicopter pilot. He flew helicopters for live media broadcasting including Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast.
He resided in Surrey with his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz, who died alongside him in the crash. Ms Lechowicz moved to the UK from Poland in 1997 and became a pilot after meeting Mr Swaffer.
Lechowicz was also a recipient of the #polka100 award, an for? being an exceptional women who inspire the Polish community in Britain.
How The Incident Occurred
The helicopter took off from the King Power Stadium. This was a regular spectacle after Leicester City games.
BT Sport cameras captured the take-off on live TV. Presenter Jake Humphrey watched it. He was commentating with soccer pundits Owen Hargreaves, Chris Sutton and John Hartson at that moment.
A bang was heard shortly after as the helicopter spun out of control and crashed near a car park.
Former Leicester City and England goalkeeper Peter Shilton witnessed the crash when he was coming out of the ground with his wife.
Condolences Come Pouring In For Soccer Club Owner
The Duke of Cambridge said he was lucky to have known Mr Vichai, describing him as a dedicated family man.
Prince William, President of the FA said that Vichai was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes.
Mr Vichai has regularly given supporters free beer and pies at the league’s soccer matches. He awarded the 2016 title-winning squad to a fleet of blue BMWs.
Club ambassador Alan Birchenall said Leicester City owed “everything” to Vichai and wouldn’t have succeeded in the Premier League without him.
One fan even went on to say that the Srivaddhanaprabha family were the heart and soul of Leicester City Soccer Club.