An AW169 helicopter belonging to Leicester City's owner - Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the founder of duty-free giant King Power International too - crashed in flames in a carpark next to the soccer club's stadium shortly after it took off from the field following a Premier League game on Saturday night.
The helicopter plummet to the ground soon after takeoff. The aircraft spiralled and crashed to the ground before bursting into flames. Firefighters put out the flames within around 30 minutes. It is feared several people were killed. A source said the club's 60-year-old chairman was on the helicopter. Police have yet to release any information about the condition of the pilot or any passengers. The chairman's son Aiyawatt, who is the club’s vice-chairman, and director of football Jon Rudkin were not on board. Everyone was evacuated from the stadium in the aftermath of the incident.
The helicopter before crash
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was among the shocked onlookers who surveyed the scene after the helicopter crash. Huge numbers of emergency service crews were at the scene. East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service responded to the incident. The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) will now be leading the investigation into the circumstances of the helicopter crash. Officials at Thailand’s King Power said they could make no comment yet. Leicester had just played West Ham in a 1-1 draw in the Premier League.