Helicopter of Leicester City FC billionaire owner crashes outside stadium (VIDEOS)
A helicopter belonging to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the billionaire owner of Leicester City Football Club, has crashed outside the King Power Stadium. Videos from the scene show a massive blaze raging on the ground.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Thai billionaire businessman was on board the aircraft. Sources close to the club later told Reuters that his daughter was also in the helicopter during the crash, along with two pilots and a fifth person. However, neither Srivaddhanaprabha’s representatives, nor the police, have yet released an official statement.
A Sky Sports News reporter said that witnesses saw the helicopter taking off from the pitch inside the stadium “as it does after every game.” The pilot then apparently lost control of the helicopter.
BREAKING:#LeicesterA helicopter belonging to the chairman of Leicester City has crashed outside the club's stadium in the car park. Leicestershire Police says emergency services are "aware and dealing" with an incident near Leicester City's King Power Stadium. pic.twitter.com/joZBvXIWG4— London 999 Feed (@999London) October 27, 2018
Leicester City FC owner's helicopter in the car park. Watching this makes me sick. Hope they're OK. pic.twitter.com/Hh71JxO01o— Mbz I̡̪̠̫̓̋́͐̍́͡ͅ (@MabzCiteh) October 27, 2018
Multiple videos from the scene show a massive fire at the stadium’s car park and emergency services arriving.
We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing.— LeicestershirePolice (@leicspolice) October 27, 2018
We are also in attendance and will update when possible. https://t.co/qQpYMXtdRX— East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (@EMASNHSTrust) October 27, 2018
The helicopter used by Srivaddhanaprabha can carry up to eight people, including the pilot.
Ben Jacobs, Senior Journalist with BeIN, ESPN and TalkSport, reported that Srivaddhanaprabha was on board the helicopter when it crashed into the car park. The King Power Stadium is expected to release a statement later.
Spoken to King Power, who will release a statement tomorrow. #LCFC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on-board the eight-seater helicopter to London. Failure, upon take off, resulted in a fire prior to a crash in the car park. No news on casualties. Prayers with #LCFC family— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) October 27, 2018
East Midlands Ambulance Service has tweeted it sent a doctor, two paramedics and a Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene. The service has not revealed if the crash resulted in any deaths or injuries.
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