The Leicester plane crash has rocked the footballing world.
Leicester played out a 1-1 draw vs West Ham United at the King Power Stadium shortly after which the owner’s helicopter came crashing down and exploded outside the stadium.
The plane had been cleared for takeoff but shortly after this it lost control and crashed.
As many as five people lost their lives in the Leicester plane crash which included the club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
While no one inside the plane survived the Leicester plane crash but it seems that pilot Eric Swaffer was the true hero of the incident.
Swaffer, 53, was a veteran pilot who had a career spanning 20 years and he had previously flew members of the Royal Family.
"The helicopter just went silent, I turned round and it was just spinning, out of control. And then there was a big bang and then a big fireball.”, says Ryan Brown.
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His impressive portfolio also included flight jobs for Channel 4’s Big Breakfast and Virgin Radio.
And he was probably responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of people who were present in the parking lot of the King Power Stadium.
Eric Swaffer had the presence of mind to sway the plane out of the crowded parking lot and try to land it as far away as possible.
The Leicester helicopter pilot miraculously avoided landing into fans by somehow steering the chopper into a car park, as it spun wildly out of control. Imagine having the selfless presence of mind to do that, knowing you're about to die?
RIP Eric Swaffer pic.twitter.com/uJfng7Gfcf
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Eric Swaffer’s partner Izabela was also part of the tragic Leicester plane crash and the Polish-born lady was the co-pilot of the plane.
It's with great sadness that we received news of Izabela Lechowicz's death in the Leicester helicopter crash. She was a wonderful pilot & a #Polka100 campaign finalist who created a positive image of Poland in the UK. Our deepest condolences to her family. https://t.co/tRV9PzCpQb
— Polish Embassy UK (@PolishEmbassyUK) October 28, 2018