Family of Leicester City’s owner visit crash site to pay tribute

The family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha have visited the site today where the helicopter in which he was travelling in spiralled out of control and burst into flames.

The sorrow and heartbreak was visible on the faces of his wife and son as they laid a wreath in his memory and the four other victims of Saturday night’s crash.

The victim’s included two members of Vichai’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, along with the pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Victims clockwise from top left: Eric Swaffer, Izabela Lechowiz, Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai

His wife Aimon and son Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, who is vice-chairman of Leicester City football Club, were joined at the stadium by the president of the Thai FA, Somyot Poompanmoung.

After laying the wreath with his mother, Aiyawatt returned to the ground to see the many tributes left by well wishers, when a crowd of about 200 fans broke into a spontaneous applause.

Leicester City manager, Claude Puel, was also present and joined by the club’s players.

Many of the players have paid tribute to Mr Vichai on social media, including club captain Wes Morgan.

He tweeted: “Absolutely heartbroken and devastated regarding the news of our chairman. A man that was loved and adored by everyone here at lcfc.”

Jamie Vardy tweeted: “Struggling to find the right words….but to me you are legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club. Thank you for everything you did.”

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

A book of condolence will be opened at King Power Stadium from Tuesday morning and as a mark of respect the team’s match against Southampton in the EFL Cup, scheduled for tomorrow evening, has been postponed.

The digital flight data recorder from the helicopter has been recovered and this will be examined by a team of air traffic officers to determine the cause of the fatal accident.