Soccer Football – Premier League – Leicester City v West Ham United – King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain – October 27, 2018 General view of the wreckage of the helicopter belonging to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha that crashed outside the King Power Stadium REUTERS/Andrew Yates
LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – A helicopter belonging to Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed in a ball of flames in the club’s car park on Saturday, British media said.
It was not known whether Vichai was in the helicopter which had taken off just moments before from the pitch about 40 minutes after the end of the game.
The helicopter which is thought to be able to carry up to 20 people spiralled out of control before crashing, Sky reported. 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.
Freelance photographer Ryan Brown was covering the game and saw the helicopter clear the stadium before it crashed, the BBC reported. “Literally the engine stopped and I turned around, and it made a bit of a whirring noise,” Brown told BBC Radio 5 Live. “It turned silent, blades started spinning and then there was a big bang.”
Vichai bought the unfancied side in 2010 before they stunned the world of soccer by beating the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea to win the Premier League title in 2016.
Leicester had played a league match at home against West Ham United earlier on Saturday, drawing 1-1.
REUTERS AND AP