A helicopter belonging to Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed in the club’s car park on Saturday evening, according to British media, with photographs posted on Twitter showing a fireball. As per a report, Vichai was on board the eight seater helicopter destined for London. It remained unclear what caused the accident with the likely reason being a fault with the rear propeller. The same report stated King Power, company which owns Leicester City, will issue a statement on Sunday.
Leicester police tweeted that they were dealing with an incident near the club’s King Power Stadium and that emergency services were also at the scene. East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust tweeted: “We are also in attendance and will update when possible.”
Theres a major incident by the King Power Stadium. Emergency services attending. pic.twitter.com/GtAbo6AHpD
— Mr Geoff Peters (@mrgeoffpeters) October 27, 2018
The club issued a statement in the aftermath stating, “We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the Emergency Services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium. The Club will issue a more detailed statement once further information has been established.”
As per Sky Sports, the incident took place at about 8:30 PM local time with eye witnesses claiming they saw the helicopter take off from the pitch inside the King Power stadium – as it does after every game – and a few seconds later it appeared to lose control. The car park is located just a few hundred metres away from where the pitch is.
Vichai bought the club in 2010, and the unfancied side won the Premier League title in 2016.
Leicester had played at home against West Ham United earlier on Saturday, drawing 1-1.
(With Reuters inputs)