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Leicester City owner's helicopter flight data recorder recovered

Police and emergency services outside Leicester City's King Power Stadium following a crash involving a helicopter belonging to the club's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Investigators have recovered the flight data recorder from the helicopter of Leicester City's owner which crashed on Saturday.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people killed when the helicopter crashed in a car park at the King Power Stadium following the club's match against West Ham.

Air Accidents Investigation Branch said data recovered at the crash site has already been taken back to Farnborough for analysis and work has started on the decoder.

The recorder was "subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire", the investigations team said.

Leicestershire police say the other four victims of the crash are believed to be two members of Srivaddhanaprabha's staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer, and second pilot Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

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The family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha lay down a wreath at the King Power Stadium on Monday

AAIB said it was continuing to work with police on site and expected to remain at the stadium until the end of the week, at which point it would "transport the wreckage to our specialist facilities in Farnborough for more detailed examination".

"We have inspectors here from all four air accident investigation disciplines: engineering, operations, flight data and human factors," AAIB said in a statement on Monday.

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The Leicester owner's family visited the King Power Stadium on Monday to pay tribute to the father of four.

His son, and Leicester vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha led a procession of around 30 people as they made their way to the front of the shrine to lay down a wreath.

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