Leicester City helicopter crash: Air Accidents Investigation Branch give update on tragedy which killed chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others

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AAIB investigators have recovered the helicopter's flight data, which will now be analysed to determine the cause of the accident

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch have issued an update on the tragic helicopter accent at the King Power Stadium which claimed the life of club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.

Thai billionaire Srivaddhanaprabha was among five passengers who were killed when the private aircraft crashed outside the stadium, moments after it had taken off the from the pitch following the Foxes’ 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Images of the scene have emerged since the incident

Images of the scene have emerged since the incident

Tributes have poured in for the Leicester chief, with supporters laying hundreds of flowers and cards outside the King Power, Gary Lineker and a host of former stars paying tribute and even rivals fans and clubs offering their support at this sad time.

Among the victims was 53-year-old pilot Eric Swaffer, who has been hailed as a hero for steering the helicopter away from fans and a hotel and into an empty car park – which may have saved hundreds of lives.

AAIB have been surveying the wreckage and have now revealed the have recovered the craft’s flight data, which will now be sent for analysis to help determine the cause of the accident.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a popular man with Leicester fans

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a popular man with Leicester fans

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch statement released on Monday afternoon read: “On Saturday night, an accident involving an AW169 helicopter at King Power Stadium, Leicester, was reported to us.

“A team of AAIB inspectors travelled to Leicester on Saturday night, with further inspectors travelling yesterday morning.

“Last night, the police said they believe that tragically all five people on board the aircraft died in the accident.

“We have inspectors here from all four air accident investigation disciplines: engineering, operations, flight data and human factors.

“We recovered the digital flight data recorder (voice and data) on Sunday afternoon and one of our inspectors travelled back to Farnborough with the recorder the same evening.

Leicester have placed their Premier League trophy outside the King Power Stadium in a tribute to their late chairman

Leicester have placed their Premier League trophy outside the King Power Stadium in a tribute to their late chairman

“Today, our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire.

“Our inspectors are continuing to work with the police on site. We expect to be here until the end of the week, at which point we will transport the wreckage to our specialist facilities in Farnborough for more detailed examination. In the meantime, we are still gathering evidence as part of our investigation.

“Witnesses to the accident, particularly with videos or photographs, are urged to contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 546 of 27 October 2018.”

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