Breaking: Helicopter belonging to Leicester City chairman crashes into flames outside football stadium

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The helicopter was owned by Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.


A helicopter owned by the chairman of Leicester City has crashed outside the club’s football stadium.

Photographs and videos from outside the King Power Stadium showed a huge blaze in in the ground’s car park.

It is not known if Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter at the time.

Leicester City had been playing West Ham United in the Premier League at their King Power stadium. The match ended 1:1 as Nigeria’s international Wilfred Ndidi levelled up the score line.

Pictures from the ground showed a large fire in the car park although it has been put out, according to reports.

Vichai SrivaddhanaprabhaImage copyright: LEICESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB
Image captionVichai Srivaddhanaprabha from Thailand purchased the club in 2010

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett said the helicopter took off from the pitch, as it does after every game.

He said that after a few seconds it appeared to lose control and crashed into the car park just a few hundred metres away.

One witness said it appeared “the tail propeller wasn’t, working putting it into a spin”.

Leicester City owner's helicopterImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe owner’s helicopter (picture taken on previous date)

Leicestershire Police have tweeted: “We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust tweeted: “We are also in attendance and will update when possible.”

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