The owner of Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has been killed in a helicopter crash at the English football premier league stadium. Altogether were killed in the crash on Saturday evening, five people, said the employer of ex-ÖFB team captain Christian Fuchs yesterday via Twitter.
„With deep regret and a collective broken heart, we must announce that our president, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is one of those who tragically lost their lives on Saturday night,“ the statement said. „None of the five people on board survived.“
Helicopters went up in flames
According to British media, the helicopter of Thailand-born billionaire Srivaddhanaprabha crashed in the parking lot next to the King Power Stadium and went up in flames. „The thoughts of everyone in the club are primarily for the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of those who were aboard at the time of this unbearable loss,“ it said. „With Srivaddhanaprabha, the world has“ lost a great man „.
At Sky News, eyewitnesses reported a huge fireball. In pictures a fire could be seen in the parking lot. The helicopter was launched after these reports shortly before in the stadium. Eyewitnesses reported a sudden stoppage of the tail rotor. The machine had then turned like a top and crashed uncontrollably. One of the first on the scene was Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, eyewitnesses told the BBC.
The 61-year-old Srivaddhanaprabha took over the club in 2010 and usually flew out of the stadium after home games by Leicester. The helicopter, painted in blue and white club colors, regularly lands at the center circle. Leicester City had played a league game against West Ham United on Saturday night (1-1).