Leicester helicopter crash: 'An awful day for football'

Leicester helicopter crash: 'An awful day for football'

Leicester helicopter crash: 'An awful day for football'

The helicopter used by Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed in flames near the King Power Stadium shortly after Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Ham ended last night.

The paper said it took more than 20 minutes for the flames to be extinguished before emergency services were able to survey the wreckage.

Photographer Ryan Brown reported hearing the engine stopping after the helicopter cleared the stadium.

Srivaddhanaprabha, who owns the King Power company, won owner when the club won the Premier League title in 2015/16 season and has been part of a remarkable transformation of the East Midlands club.

It is unknown who was on board at the time of the crash, or if any bystanders were caught up in the accident.

Show presenters were commenting on the helicopter owned by Leicester City club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha just moments before it crashed outside the stadium.

Witnesses said the helicopter seemed to spiral out of control moments after it set off from Leicester's King Power Stadium at about 8.30pm on Saturday and plummeted into the vehicle park.

Leicester City said the club was assisting police and emergency services and would issue a more detailed statement in due course.

Gary Lineker, a former English footballer and sports analyst, called the crash "a bad tragedy".


According to Daily Mail, eyewitness said the helicopter took off as normal from the centre circle and was hovering over the south-east corner of the ground before spluttering and spiralling to ground and bursting into flames.

In a tweet about Mr Hoddle's condition, Mr Humphrey said: "Our thoughts, love, prayers and wishes remain with him and his family".

He's the founder of duty-free giant King Power International.

The incident occurred in the club vehicle park and it is not known who else was on the helicopter or how many casualties there were.

Also on board the helicopter were a daughter of Vichai, two pilots and a fifth person whose identity was not immediately known, the source said on Sunday.

Thai owner, Srivaddhanaprabha is a popular figure among fans and played a big role in Leicester City's meteoric rise following their promotion to the top flight league in England.

"Everyone at the Club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this hard time". They have made us champions.

Through the ownership, Leicester gained new fans in Thailand where they mourned Vichai's sudden death.

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