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'Hero' Pilot May Have Saved Many Lives In The Leicester City Helicopter Crash

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'Hero' Pilot May Have Saved Many Lives In The Leicester City Helicopter Crash

A cameraman who watched Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter crash outside the King Power stadium says the pilot guided the aircraft away from people on the ground.

Sky Sports News employee, Dan Cox, was walking across the car park after filming the post-match interviews following Leicester's 1-1 draw at home to West Ham.

He told Sky News: "I heard the helicopter coming out of the stadium, saw it as you do, they are amazing pieces of machinery and then I just carried on walking thinking next time I look up it is going to be overhead.

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"The next thing I just looked up and it was just spinning, static just out of control, just a constant spinning, I have never seen anything like it.

"I don't know how the pilot did it but he seemed to manage to slow down the spinning rotation and it drifted off into the corner part of the car park."

Mr Cox started to film the aftermath and two police officers attempted to get close but were beaten away by flames.

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He continued: "To my mind the pilot was heroic and the two police offers in front of me, who also tried to help, they are heroes too.

"It could have been so much worse if the pilot hadn't done that."

The chopper had taken off from the pitch of the stadium at around 8:30pm which is the norm for Leicester's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, after each home game.

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Although there's been no official statement from the club, sources close to the family confirmed to the BBC that the 61-year-old Thai businessman was one of the people in the helicopter when the tragedy occurred.

It hasn't been confirmed how many other people were on board the aircraft but Reuters news agency said four others were there, including two pilots and two others who are yet to be identified.

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Helicopter belonging to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Credit: PA
Helicopter belonging to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Credit: PA

One witness has said that the Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel had rushed out to the scene and was deeply distressed by what had happened.

Another witness told Sky Sports: "[My nephew] saw this helicopter out of control, then drop within a second and burst into flames. He was so upset -- we're all thinking about the owners here and what they've done for the football club. It's awful, you can't believe it."

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Fans have been visiting the stadium today to lay flowers at the scene of the crash.

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Topics: helicopter, Leicester City, News, sport news

Rebecca Shepherd
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