Helicopter of Leicester City FC billionaire owner crashes outside stadium

Leroy Wright
October 28, 2018

The helicopter crashed after Saturday's game against West Ham in the Premier League club's auto park close to its King Power Stadium - the scene of jubilation two years ago when underdog Leicester City won the Premier League in a remarkable footballing feat.

It is unclear at this stage whether there are any survivors but unconfirmed reports have claimed Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people were on board the helicopter.

It's not yet known whether Vichai was on board.

With emergency services arriving on the scene, the helicopter could be seen engulfed in flames.

A small candle was placed in front of the flowers as more people gradually gathered to pray for anybody who may have been on the helicopter.

The central England team said it was assisting authorities with "a major incident" at the stadium, after eyewitnesses reported seeing the helicopter plummet to the ground soon after takeoff, about an hour after Leicester's match against West Ham.

The incident occurred in the club auto park with eye witnesses saying police cars, ambulances and security were frantically rushing around the stadium.

Shortly after, the helicopter crashed into a auto park close to the stadium. "Leicestershire Police will be supporting the AAIB in its investigation, liaising closely with Leicester City Football Club as enquiries continue".

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The same report stated King Power, company which owns Leicester City, will issue a statement on Sunday.

"Thoughts are with everyone at Leicester City".

I turned around and it made a little bit of a whirring noise, a grinding noise and then it fell silent. Twitter and YouTube are flooded with LCFC owner's helicopter crash videos, which show the chopper burst into big flames.

It proved to be one of the greatest fairytale stories in world sport, having only just survived its first season back in the Premier League the previous year, to go on and win the marathon Premier League title against a number of teams with stratospherically bigger budgets than the modest Foxes. The pilot then apparently lost control of the helicopter.

Freelance photographer Ryan Brown, who covered the home team's 1-1 draw with West Ham United, saw the helicopter clear the stadium before it crashed, the BBC reported.

Amir Mahmoud, St John Ambulance district manager for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, tweeted that all their volunteers were safe, adding: "My thoughts are with those involved in the tragic incident that has happened tonight".

Leicester players Harry Maguire and Wilfred Ndidi tweeted the emoji of praying hands.

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