Leicester City owner had ‘minimal opportunity’ to escape crash

Leicester City owner had 'minimal opportunity' to escape crash

Leicester Metropolis’s late proprietor had “minimal alternative” to flee his helicopter when it crashed exterior the membership’s stadium, an inquest has heard.

Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and 4 different folks died when the plane spun uncontrolled and crashed on 27 October.

All 5 victims have been scientifically recognized and had been seen on CCTV within the tunnel on the King Energy Stadium shortly earlier than the helicopter took off, Leicester Coroner’s Courtroom heard.
A police officer additionally confirmed the identities of those that died – Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, the helicopter’s pilot Eric Swaffer, Mr Swaffer’s accomplice Izabela Lechowicz, ex-Thai magnificence queen Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, who labored for the Leicester Metropolis proprietor.

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Giving proof on the opening of the inquest, Detective Chief Superintendent David Sandall stated: “Cell phone footage confirmed the helicopter spinning uncontrolled earlier than descending to the crash website.
“There was minimal alternative for anybody to get in or out of the helicopter at the moment.”
Mr Sandall added: “The investigation is ongoing into the reason for the crash.”

Leicester Coroner Catherine Mason, adjourning the inquest, stated: “You’ve detailed to me that the ultimate reason for dying is pending topic to assessments.

“Subsequently I’m not able to proceed with the inquest at the moment.”
The inquest opened two days after Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral happened in Thailand.
Leicester Metropolis supervisor Claude Puel led most of the membership’s star gamers – together with England defender Harry Maguire, striker Jamie Vardy, and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel – into the Buddhist temple in Bangkok on Sunday.

In honour of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester have renamed their charitable basis after the Thai billionaire.
Previously often known as the LCFC Foxes Basis, the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Basis has raised virtually £2m for native charities since its basis in 2011.
Vardy and spouse Rebekah are auctioning off their government field on the King Energy Stadium to lift extra money for the inspiration, in addition to a pair of the striker’s boots.

“Jamie and I are auctioning off our government field together with hospitality and private go to from Jamie for the upcoming recreation in opposition to Burnley,” she tweeted.
“All proceeds will go to the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Basis – e-mail vsfauction@lcfc.co.uk to make bids.”

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