Helicopter crash at Leicester City FC

Leicester owner's helicopter crashes outside King Power Stadium

Helicopter Of Leicester City Owners Crashes Outside The King Power Stadium Following Draw With West Ham United

Fans and members of the public laid bouquets outside Leicester City's stadium the morning after a helicopter belonging to the football club's Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, crashed in the stadium grounds.

The club statement said that "the world has lost a great man" - adding that all five people on board had died in the incident. "It is as a family that we will grieve his pasing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy".

The local ambulance service said it received reports of a helicopter crash at 8:38 p.m. local time and sent a doctor, two paramedics in ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and its Hazardous Area Response Team.

Just after a 1-1 draw with West Ham Saturday, the helicopter, as usual, departed the field.

The helicopter reportedly took off as usual from Leicester's King Power Stadium at around 8.30pm following the 1-1 draw with the Hammers, before coming down in a auto park close to the ground.

The Premier League title win, one of world football's all-time great stories, is of course the standout achievement.

According to Forbes, Srivaddhanaprabha's personal fortune stands at $4.9 billion - a figure that made him the fifth richest person in his native Thailand.

A spokesman for the Midlands club said on Saturday: "We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the emergency services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium".

This follows the crash of his helicopter outside the King Power Stadium last night.

A polo lover, he bought the then Championship side Leicester City in 2010 for 39 million pounds and led the club to the Premier League title in 2016 and reach the Champions League quarterfinals a year later.

Freelance photographer Ryan Brown was covering the game and saw the helicopter clear the stadium before it crashed, the BBC reported.

Football fans across the country took to social media to offer their condolences, with hundreds of Chelsea supporters haunted by the helicopter crash that killed former vice chairman Matthew Harding in October 1996.

Richard Jackson, 53, a season ticket holder from Leicestershire, said: "These owners have been absolutely fantastic, probably the best owners in the whole English system". "It turned silent, blades started spinning and then there was a big bang".

Leicester City players Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire tweeted praying hands.

As the cameraman began filming the aftermath of the crash, two police officers desperately tried to get close to the wreckage to help but were beaten back by the flames.

Meanwhile, broadcaster and former Leicester footballer Gary Lineker tweeted: "Hearing that the Leicester City owners' helicopter has crashed in the club's vehicle park".

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