Leicester City chairman’s helicopter crashes near stadium after game

The helicopter of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has crashed outside the King Power Stadium.

The helicopter of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has crashed outside the King Power Stadium following the Premier League game against West Ham.

The incident occurred in the club’s car park, where police cars and emergency services rushed towards an area where flames were clearly visible before the area was evacuated.

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

Srivaddhanaprabha leaves the stadium by his helicopter, which lands in the centre circle on the pitch, after every Leicester home game.

Srivaddhanaprabha, who owns the King Power company, bought Leicester in 2010 and became chairman the following February.

One witness told Sky News: “I hope they’re okay. Doesn’t seem like they have had much of a chance. Just burst into flames.”

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

Witnesses told Sky Sports News the helicopter took off from the pitch but lost control within a few seconds and crashed into the club’s staff car park.

One fan told Sky News the owner and his family have done so much for the club.

He said: “They have conducted themselves so well, they have put everything into us. They have made us champions. You cannot ask for more from your owners.”

It is not known who was in the helicopter when it crashed nor what conditions they are in, but there are fears that several people had been killed.

It is also not clear whether anyone on the ground was affected.

Leicester City footballers Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire both tweeted praying hands emojis.

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, tweeted: “Awful horrific scenes at @LCFC with the helicopter crash. I’ve been in touch with our emergency services and thanked them for responding so quickly. Our hopes and prayers for all those caught up in this desperately awful incident.”

Leicester’s Hospitals tweeted: “We are aware of the incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium and are supporting emergency services.”

Andrew Brodie, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, tweeted: “IMPORTANT: Energency Services are dealing with a significant incident @lcfc King Power stadium. It’s essential you stay away and allow 999s free movement. More info will follow.”

West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta, who played in the game, tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in the helicopter accident at Leicester City.”

His teammate Declan Rice tweeted: “Horrendous scenes at the king power tonight, my prayers & thoughts go out to everyone involved at Leicester”

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