Leicester City owner’s helicopter crashes in car park outside the team’s stadium and bursts into flames after ‘suffering engine trouble’ in wake of take-off from the centre circle
Helicopter belonging to Leicester City Football Club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed outside the stadium ‘with him aboard’ in the City of Leicestershire, in the UK on Oct., 27
The tragic helicopter crash feared to have killed five on board including club’s 60-year-old owner and one of his four children
Total wreck: The Augusta Westland AW-169 aircraft was reduced to a mass of twisted metal. The helicopter came down shortly after Leicester City’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Oct 27
Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha would typically arrive and depart the club’s home games in hs helicopter. Here he walks to his helicopter which has landed on the pitch after the game against Southampton in April 2016
‘He was so upset – we’re all thinking about the owners here and what they’ve done for the football club. It’s awful, you can’t believe it.’
The area around the ground has been closed off, while the stadium was evacuated. West Ham’s team bus had already left, though some Leicester players were still inside the stadium.
Leicester City defender Harry Maguire tweeted a video of the aftermath of the crash with praying hands emojis. Midfielder James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy also posted the same emojis following the game.
England and Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell tweeted: ‘Speechless.’
West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta, who played in the game, tweeted: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in the helicopter accident at Leicester City.’
His teammate Declan Rice tweeted: ‘Horrendous scenes at the king power tonight, my prayers & thoughts go out to everyone involved at Leicester’
Former Foxes midfielder turned pundit Robbie Savage said: ‘What an absolutely terrible terrible day , my thoughts and prayers are with everyone at my old club Leicester city.’
Former Leicester City striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted: ‘Hearing that the Leicester City owners’ helicopter has crashed in the club’s car park.’
He later added: ‘That was the most difficult @BBCMOTD I’ve ever hosted. Thoughts are with everyone at Leicester City. A terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking.’
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, tweeted: ‘Awful horrific scenes at @LCFC with the helicopter crash. I’ve been in touch with our emergency services and thanked them for responding so quickly. Our hopes and prayers for all those caught up in this desperately awful incident.’
Leicestershire police said in a statement: ‘We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing.’
Leicester’s Hospitals added: ‘We are aware of the incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium and are supporting emergency services.’
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha waves to fans after a Premier League clash between Leicester City and Southampton in April 2016. He was at the game but it is unclear whether he was on board the helicopter
King Power are due to release a statement tomorrow once more details have been confirmed.
Srivaddhanaprabha was born in Bangkok on April 4, 1958 to a Thai Chinese family.
The Thai billionaire Srivaddhanaprabha kick-started his business journey by opening a duty-free shop back in Bangkok in 1989 at the age of 31.
His retail company, King Power, is now a staple of the country’s airports and the brand also have the naming rights to Leicester City’s stadium.
Entrepreneur Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester City in August 2010 and was named chairman in February 2011.