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Leicester City owner, four others aboard helicopter during crash

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his daughter were among five people in the helicopter when the crash took place.

A Leicester City football fan places a scarf outside the football stadium after the helicopter of the club owner Thai businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed when leaving the ground on Saturday evening after the match, in Leicester. (Source: Reuters)

A day after a helicopter belonging to the owner of Leicester City football club crashed in flames outside the football stadium in the club’s car park, reports said that the chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people on board.

According to Reuters, Srivaddhanaprabha, a father of four and the founder of duty-free giant King Power International, was in the helicopter when the tragic accident took place. With him were his daughter, two pilots and a fifth person whose identity is still not known, according to a source close to the club.

The source further said that there are still no confirmed details on whether anyone on board survived the crash.

Srivaddhanaprabha, the fifth richest person in Thailand according to Forbes, travels to Leicester’s home matches on his helicopter on a regular basis. It is a common sight to see Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter landing and taking off on the pitch.

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Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in 2010, four years before the club got promoted to Premier League. The side went on to win the Premier League title in 2015-16.

A small memorial has been set up near the club shop. Flowers are being left at the King Power Stadium by supporters wearing Leicester shirts, scarfs and hats. Leicestershire Police have, however, not given a statement on the survivors. The club is assisting the police with the investigation. They released a statement saying, “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.”

A Women’s Championship clash between Leicester and Manchester United scheduled to be played at the King Power Stadium on Sunday was called off. The ladies reserve league match against Derby was also postponed.