Leicester City Football Club owner’s 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.
According to CNN, the Premier League club has not confirmed whether its owner, Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was on board at the time of the crash, though he is known to regularly travel to and from the stadium by helicopter. However, several reports suggest that the owner and his daughter was on board among five people, and are feared dead following the crash. It is yet to be ascertained if that is true.
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According to Italian outlet Di Marzio, President of Leicester, Vichai was onboard at the time of crash among five people. Eyewitnesses say that Kasper Schmeichel was also present at the scene of the accident, who was seen ‘wrenching away’.
The club 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 is 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.