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Leicester owner’s family break down in tears as players pay tributes to crash victims

The family wept as they arrived at the scene today

THE devastated son of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha wept as he laid a wreath for his dad at the helicopter crash site today.

Aiyawatt had missed the flight on Saturday as he was in home in Thailand but is usually at his dad’s side at Leicester games in his role as vice chairman.

He wept as he lay a floral tribute today among of a sea of wreaths and well-wishes left by fans of the club.

Players are also arriving at the stadium to pay tribute

Son Aiyawatt put his head down deep in thought as he was joined by Vichai’s wife Aimon, who also sobbed as she looked at the memorial.

Leicester City players have also started to arrive at the crash site this afternoon to pay tribute to the lives lost in the horror helicopter crash.

Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter came down in a car park behind the King Power Stadium following a Premier League game between Leicester and West Ham on Saturday.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha laid a wreath for his tragic dad today

Known as “Top”, English-speaking Aiyawatt acts as an adviser to his dad and was also behind Leicester’s incredible Premiership win in 2016.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died alongside beauty queen Nusara Suknamai and right-hand man Kaveporn Punpare.

Hero pilot Eric Swaffer was also killed as well as his co-pilot girlfriend Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said inspectors have recovered the digital flight data recorder and they are continuing to investigate.

Srivaddhanaprabha’s eight-seat helicopter flew just 200m before nosediving to the ground in a car park behind the King Power Stadium.

Former Royal Navy commando Harry Benson, 58, believes Swaffer became stuck in a “dead man’s curve”, which almost always ends in a “catastrophic failure”.

In the devastating aftermath, a police officer was seen desperately trying to smash a glass window and free the victims.

Witnesses recall seeing the officer run straight towards the helicopter, leaving his colleague standing beside their police car.

Vichai, 60, bought the club for £39 million in 2010 and led it to a first Premier League title in 2015-16 despite odds of 5,000-1.

The tragedy is being described as the “darkest day” in the club’s history, and mourners began laying wreaths near the stadium on Sunday morning.

Aiyawatt usually travels with his dad on the helicopter after Leicester games

Bouquets, flags and football shirts have been left outside the ground by members of the public on alongside a large image of the Hindu god Ganesh which was also propped up amidst the flowers.

Prince William was among those paying tribute to club boss – saying he was “lucky” to know Vichai.

Tributes have also flooded in from the footballing world with Leicester referring to their chairman as a “great man”.

The club said: “In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.

“Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the Club that is now his legacy.”

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was seen in tears outside the stadium as fire crews doused the flames.

Leicester City’s English midfielder James Maddison embraces a member of the security team as he arrives at the crash site

“We now have a responsibility as a club, as players and fans to honour you. From knowing you we do this by being the family you created.”

Leicester and former England striker Jamie Vardy described him as a “legend” and an “incredible man who had the biggest heart”.

Srivaddhanaprabha was well-known for leaving the stadium by his helicopter, which lands in the centre circle on the pitch, after every Leicester home game.



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