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28th Oct 2018

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was ‘on board’ crashed helicopter

Wil Jones

The crash happened after Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board his helicopter when it crashed on Saturday evening, according to a BBC News source..

The accident happened at around 8.30pm, after the helicopter took off from the King Power Stadium pitch an hour after the final whistle and then came down in the car park.

Srivaddhanaprabha travels from the stadium via helicopter after each match he attends.

It is still not known how many other people were on the helicopter, and any details about casualties. 

The incident occurred after the Premier League match between Leicester and West Ham, which finished 1-1, and eyewitnesses have said that police, emergency services and security were seen rushing to the scene.

Leicester 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.”

Srivaddhanaprabha is a Thai billionaire businessman who has owned Leicester City since 2010. Under his ownership the club shocked the footballing world by winning the 2015/16 league title.

A number of clearly shocked Leicester City players have posted on social media with prayers for those involved, and a report in The Observer states that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was seen in tears shortly after the crash.