Leicester City Football Club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among the five people who were killed when his helicopter met with an accident following technical fault and crashed in a parking lot next to the club’s King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, after the premier league match on Saturday night, 27th October.
The Premier League club released a statement on Sunday in which it confirmed that Thai billionaire Vichai is no more, among the five people who met with the accident:
“The world has lost a great man,” the club said in a statement.
“Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy,” it said.
A book of condolence will be opened at the stadium from Tuesday and the team postponed its fixture against Southampton.
“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 difficult time,” the statement said.
The Leicestershire Police named the four other victims as Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, two members of Vichai’s staff, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
Vichai, 60, would regularly fly to and back from Leicester City’s stadium for their home matches. He was also the owner of Thailand’s King Power duty-free empire.
Here is the video from the scene of the accident moments after the crash:
After the accident, the club had released a statement confirming the accident and stating that it was assisting the Leicestershire police:
“We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the emergency services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium,” the statement said.
“The Club will issue a more detailed statement once further information has been established.”
Leicestershire Police stated that the enquiries to establish the exact circumstances of the accident was being carried out:
“Emergency services are currently at the King Power Stadium where an aircraft came down in a car park behind the ground,” Leicestershire police tweeted.
“Enquiries to establish the exact circumstances of the collision are ongoing.”
Thai owner, Srivaddhanaprabha was 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. The club created history in the 2015-16 season by winning the Premier League title under head coach Ranieri.