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Leicester helicopter crash: Parts of wreckage begin to be removed

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A crane has begun moving part of the wreckage from the Leicester City helicopter crash, as investigations continue.

Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who died in the disaster outside the King Power Stadium, shortly after Leicester's match against West Ham on Saturday night.

His funeral will begin in Bangkok on Saturday. The service is expected to last several days, in accordance with Buddhist tradition, and has been granted "Royal sponsorship".

Inspectors from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch recovered the digital flight data recorder on Sunday afternoon. It was taken to specialist facilities in Farnborough.

The wreckage of the helicopter will also be taken to Farnborough for further examination.

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The Air Accidents Investigation Branch released a statement on Monday morning, saying inspectors would be likely to stay on site until the end of the week.

On Saturday night, an accident involving an AW169 helicopter at King Power Stadium, Leicester, was reported to us.

A team of AAIB inspectors travelled to Leicester on Saturday night, with further inspectors travelling yesterday morning.

Last night, the police said they believe that tragically all five people on board the aircraft died in the accident.

We have inspectors here from all four air accident investigation disciplines: engineering, operations, flight data and human factors.

We recovered the digital flight data recorder (voice and data) on Sunday afternoon and one of our inspectors travelled back to Farnborough with the recorder the same evening.

Today, our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire.

Our inspectors are continuing to work with the police on site. We expect to be here until the end of the week, at which point we will transport the wreckage to our specialist facilities in Farnborough for more detailed examination. In the meantime, we are still gathering evidence as part of our investigation.

Witnesses to the accident, particularly with videos or photographs, are urged to contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 546 of 27 October 2018.

– AAIB SPOKESPERSON

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