DISASTER: The Helicopter belonging to Leicester City owner took off from the King Power Stadium pitch seconds before it caught fire and crashed into a nearby staff car park.

Helicopter of Leicester City owner crashes outside stadium(Image: BBC)

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board the the helicopter when it crashed outside the stadium.

 

Along with the owner's daughter, two pilots and an unidentified fifth person were also on board.

 

An eye witness told Sky that a helicopter took off from the pitch at around 20:30pm, minutes after Leicester's draw with West Ham on Saturday of the Foxes 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.

 

The chopper was seen spiralling out of control in the air and crashed in the car park 200 yards away just minutes later.

 

A Leicester City spokesman said: β€œWe are assisting Leicestershire Police and the Emergency Services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium.

 

β€œThe Club will issue a more detailed statement once further information has been established.”

 

 

Absolutely chilling footage of BT Sport filming and joking just seconds before Leicester owner’s helicopter crashed this evening...

 

 

Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha purchased Leicester City in 2010 PA

 

Under his ownership, Leicester won the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season.

He famously went on to gift each player a Β£100,000 BMW i8 as a gift for the triumph.

 

His wife Stephanie, 50, said: "We are both in shock on our way home. It happened straight in front of us as we were leaving the ground.

"We don't know what has happened. It's horrendous. We need to know if everyone is OK. That's the biggest thing. We just hope that everyone got out OK."

 

BBC football commentator Ian Stringer said the helicopter was "spiralling", and that eyewitnesses said it "came down like a stone".

He said: "I've seen the backroom staff of the first team in tears, the reception area is silent with people just crying."

 

Several of the Leicester players such as Jamie Vardy, Harry Maguire, James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Wildred Ndidi, took to social media after the incident to tweet their prayers for those onboard.

 

Emergency Services are currently dealing with the incident.

An Air Accident Investigation Branch and Leicester City Football Club to establish the exact circumstances of the collision.

 

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