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Kasper Schmeichel bravely recalls his memories from night of Leicester helicopter tragedy

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Although things have been going pretty well for Leicester City on the pitch this season - they currently sit seventh in the Premier League table - everybody associated with the club will be glad to see the back of 2018.

They are still mourning the loss of the club’s popular owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was among five people killed in a tragic helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium back in late October.

The incident occurred around one hour after Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, a match broadcast live on BT Sport, who showed footage of the ill-fated helicopter taking off.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigations Branch - per Sky News - found the crash was caused by a pin that had come loose in the tail rotor control mechanism.

The helicopter subsequently became unstable, preventing the pilot from controlling it.

Leicester’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was widely praised at the time for trying to rush towards the fiery wreckage in a desperate attempt to help rescue anyone on board.

The Denmark international had a close friendship with Srivaddhanaprabha, who was 60 at the time of his death, and was deeply affected by the Thai billionaire businessman’s passing.

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Two months later and Schmeichel has bravely spoken out about his memories from that awful night.

"Unfortunately, [I remember] everything. Every little detail," he told Sky Sports. "I had family over from Denmark and I gave them a little look around the stadium and the pitch - the helicopter was always a big attraction.

"We waved him off, waved him goodbye, and we kind of just watched him go up.. I'd seen him do it hundreds of times - it was a kind of ritual thing in the end.

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"You could just tell something was wrong, because it doesn't normally stand still like that. And what unfolded, unfolded.

"I ran straight out of the tunnel and round to that side of the stadium. People over that side of the stadium hadn't seen what had gone on. So, I came sprinting out, shouting for people to call the police, one of our security guards saw me, ran after me.

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"We managed to get close - our security guard got closer than I did, and he (the security guard) tried to get in and do something.

"But it was very evident from the heat that there was nothing anyone would be able to do. And yeah - it was horrifying, horrible, to be that helpless."

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Schmeichel deserves respect both for his actions and for speaking so bravely about what happened that night.

Living with those memories can’t be easy, so let's hope he’s received any professional help that he may have required to help him move forward.

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