A former Thai beauty queen was among those killed when the Leicester helicopter burst into flames shortly after taking off from the ground.
The helicopter belonging to Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed shortly after taking off from the King Power Stadium on Saturday night. It plunged from a height of around 200 feet and crashed into the concrete, immediately becoming engulfed in flames.
All five people on board died. One of them was Leicester boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Pilot Eric Swaffer, his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz, who is also a pilot, were also killed in the crash. Two members of Srivaddhanaprabha’s staff were also killed. They are Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare.
A Miss Universe Thailand beauty queen happily posed for pictures with friends at a top London restaurant just one day before she died alongside her boss when the helicopter they were travelling in plummeted into the car park at Leicester City’s football stadium.
Nursara Suknamai was a glamorous ex-beauty queen, who came second in Miss Universe Thailand 2005 and was crowned Miss Intercontinental Thailand. She was awarded the Miss Photogenic accolade in the Bangkok-based contest the same year.
She was active on social media, regularly posting snaps of her globetrotting, from Italy, Japan and Greece to escapes to the Cotswolds and beside stars including Jamie Vardy, Gareth Southgate and Harry Maguire.
Just one day before she died she enjoyed a meal with friends at top Greek restaurant Estiatorio Milos in London’s Regent Street, where she happily posed for pictures.
After a stint in the modelling world, she was hired by Leicester’s billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 60, who was also confirmed dead in the horror crash at the weekend.
His pilot Eric Swaffer, 53, and his partner and flight instructor Izabela Roza Lechowicz, 46, also died in the inferno, along with family staff members Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare.
Nursara Suknamai with England manager Gareth Southgate at a match at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium