A helicopter belonging to Leicester Metropolis soccer membership proprietor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed in a ball of flames within the membership’s automotive park on Saturday, British media mentioned.
It was not identified whether or not Vichai, a father of 4 and the founding father of duty-free big King Energy Worldwide, was within the helicopter which had taken off simply moments earlier than from the pitch, about an hour after the top of the sport.
The helicopter simply cleared the highest of the stadium earlier than spiraling uncontrolled and plummeting to the bottom and exploding, eye witnesses mentioned.
Leicester police mentioned they had been coping with an incident close to the membership’s King Energy Stadium and that emergency providers had been additionally on the scene.
A spokesman for the membership mentioned: “We’re helping Leicestershire Police and the emergency providers in coping with a serious incident at King Energy Stadium.
“The Membership will situation a extra detailed assertion as soon as additional data has been established.”
Vichai has grow to be an enormous favourite with the followers after he purchased the unfancied aspect in 2010, earlier than they shocked the world of soccer by beating the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea to win the Premier League title in 2016.
Freelance photographer Ryan Brown was overlaying the sport and noticed the helicopter clear the stadium earlier than it crashed, the BBC reported.
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“Actually the engine stopped and I rotated, and it made a little bit of a whirring noise,” Brown informed BBC Radio 5 Reside. “It turned silent, blades began spinning after which there was a giant bang.”
Leicester had performed a league match at dwelling towards West Ham United earlier on Saturday, drawing 1-1.
The self-made businessman Vichai based Thai duty-free big King Energy in 1989.
The duty-free enterprise bought a giant enhance in 2006 when it was granted an airport monopoly beneath the federal government of then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and it continued to prosper even after Thaksin’s ouster in a coup that 12 months.
The household’s empire additionally consists of Belgian soccer membership, Oud-Heverlee Leuven.