Leicester City Owner's Helicopter Crashes on Takeoff From King Power Stadium

Leicester City's King Power Stadium

Leicester City's King Power Stadium

General view of the wreckage of the helicopter belonging to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha that crashed outside the King Power Stadium.

King Power Stadium was a scene of jubilation two years ago when underdogs Leicester City won the Premier League in a remarkable footballing feat.

It is still unclear if the owner of Leicester City Football Club was on board his helicopter that crashed yesterday in a vehicle park at the King Power Stadium.

"People love this guy - they pulled off the greatest sports story ever at this stadium and lifted the Premier League trophy".

Details of the incident remain unclear, but witnesses said the helicopter seemed to spiral out of control moments after it set off from the pitch.

It is not yet clear if those on board survived or what caused the helicopter, which belonged to the Thai businessman, to crash in a ball of flames in the club's vehicle park on Saturday, following a Premier League match.

But the identities of the pilot and passengers on board on have not yet been confirmed.

Leicester had drawn 1-1 against West Ham United at the King Power Stadium.

After the crash, several Leicester City players and staff members were seen in tears as the fire continued, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported.

Sky Sports broadcast pictures of what it said was the helicopter in flames, reporting it belonged to the club's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Messages from Leicester fans on the flowers included "In our thoughts!" and "Thank you xx".

"We sent a doctor, two paramedics in ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team, with the first resource arriving within two minutes of the call", it tweeted.

This image made from video shows the helicopter burning after it crashed in the auto park outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester shortly after a Premier League game on Saturday.

The incident took place after Leicester's 1-1 draw to West Ham United.

The owner of King Power, Srivaddhanaprabha bought the club for $57 million in 2010 and it was promoted to the Premier League in 2014.

The club said it was assisting police and emergency services and would issue a more detailed statement in due course.

Here we take a look at the Thai billionaire who gave fans a modern fairytale.

Last month, a court kicked out a 14 billion baht graft case against King Power and the national airport operator brought by a former official for allegedly failing to pay the government for the Suvarnabhumi franchise.

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