LEICESTER — At least five people including Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a Thai tycoon, were killed when a helicopter crashed and then exploded after a Premier League match on Saturday, the soccer club and police said.
English soccer team Leicester City FC confirmed Sunday that it’s owner was among five people killed in a helicopter crash outside the team’s stadium Saturday night.
The team said Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 61, was with four other people in his chopper when it crashed outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester at about 8:30 pm Saturday. None of the passengers survived.
“The primary thoughts of everyone at the Club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss,” a club statement said on Sunday.
“It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium,” the team said.
Witnesses said the helicopter barely cleared King Power Stadium’s 82-foot walls before making a loud noise, crashing in the parking lot and igniting a large fireball, CNN reported.
The aircraft came down in a car park near the King Power stadium shortly after 19:30 GMT, about an hour after the end of Leicester City’s game against West Ham United, police said.
Vichai bought the club in 2010 and went on to stun the soccer world by beating odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League title in 2016 in what amounted to a sporting fairy tale.