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Leicester City owner 'on board crashed helicopter' 28 Oct 2018 11:19 #10723

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Leicester City owner 'on board crashed helicopter'
The Leicester City owner's helicopter has crashed in a car park outside the club's ground as it left the stadium following a Premier League match.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter when it came down at about 20:30 BST on Saturday, a source close to the family has told the BBC.



One witness said he saw Leicester player Kasper Schmeichel run out of the stadium towards the scene of the crash.

It is not known how many other people were on board the helicopter.

Leicester had drawn 1-1 against West Ham United at the King Power Stadium, with the match finishing about one hour before the helicopter took off from the pitch.

Witnesses said they saw it just clear the stadium before it spiralled out of control, with some describing seeing a fireball as it crashed.

The club said it was assisting police and emergency services and would issue a more detailed statement in due course.

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Leicester City owner 'on board crashed helicopter' 29 Oct 2018 11:08 #10735

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Leicester City owner confirmed dead in helicopter crash - along with hero pilot and his co-pilot 'soulmate'

Leicester City have confirmed that chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in the helicopter crash on Saturday night with four other passengers, in a tragedy which has stunned the football world.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s aircraft plummeted to the ground and erupted in flames an hour after Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, and the 61-year-old was on board with two personal assistants and two crew members.

Leicestershire Police believe the others who died in the helicopter crash were Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, members of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s staff, as well as pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz, although formal identification has not yet taken place.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter was heading for Luton airport, before he was then scheduled to fly back to his native Thailand, but an apparent mechanical failure ended in a disaster which has left the Premier League club in mourning.

Witnesses have said the "engine stopped" in the air, before the Augusta Westland AW-169 plunged to the ground at around 8.45pm. It was claimed on Sunday night that the pilot averted an even larger crisis by directing the malfunctioning helicopter towards the south-east corner of the stadium and away from many supporters in the car parks leaving the game.

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Leicester City owner 'on board crashed helicopter' 29 Oct 2018 13:52 #10740

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So sad for the man, his family and the club aswell as the City of Leicester. He also owns racehorses and recently purchased a filly for over £2 million guineas by the Sire Frankel. She ran for the first time last Saturday and finished fifth. He also owns a horse called Beat The Bank who is very good and others. Would be nice if his son took over and carried on his dad`s good work. Very sad.
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