Leicester owner, 4 others feared dead in chopper crash

Author: Sun Sport
The chopper leaving the King Power Stadium after Leicester's stalemate with West Ham United

THE Leicester City owner and his daughter are reportedly among five people feared dead after his helicopter crashed in a ball of flames in the club's stadium car park on Saturday night.

The eight-seater helicopter belonging to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had flown from the King Power Stadium pitch live on TV moments before the explosion.

The helicopter took off at around 8.45pm and nosedived in a ball of flames less than 200 yards away just seconds later.

Eye-witnesses said the AW169 helicopter spiralled out of control in the air with an apparent problem with the tail fin.

A source close to the family told the BBC he was in his helicopter when it crashed.

The chopper carrying the Leicester chairman and four others burst into flames after crashing

According to Reuters, Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who were on board the aircraft, as well as a daughter of Vichai, two pilots and a fifth person whose identity was not immediately known, the source said on Sunday.

On Sunday morning, Jacques Bonnevay, the team's assistant manager tweeted in French to say: "Leicester en Pleurs", meaning "Leicester in tears".

Fans and supporters have flocked to the stadium this morning to lay floral tributes following the horror helicopter crash.

Joe Birch, 24, a big fan of the team said: “I saw it from the telly last night, it was terrible.

“I have a season ticket, I am a fan of the team. It was devastating, especially not knowing what has happened. The crash was really bad , I hope there are survivors but I don’t think so."

Images taken at the scene show the helicopter engulfed in flames as fans leaving the ground watched on in horror.

It is feared several people were killed. Supporters were forced to run for their lives from debris falling to the ground as the helicopter crashed.

The chairman's son Aiyawatt, who is the club’s vice-chairman, and director of football Jon Rudkin were not on board, according to sources.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was seen in tears outside the stadium as fire crews doused the flames.

The wife of England and Leicester City legend Peter Shilton was among the eye-witnesses who saw the horror unfold.