LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was aboard a helicopter crashing outside the club's stadium,…
LEICESTER, England (Reuters) – Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was aboard a helicopter crashing outside the club’s stadium, BBC reported on Sunday and quoted a source near his family.
The helicopter crashed into a flame ball in the club’s parking lot Saturday after a Premier League match.
Officials of the club and Vichai’s company, duty-free giant King Power International, refused to comment if he was in the helicopter as it spiraled out of control and crashed about an hour after the match.
According to eyewitnesses, the helicopter only cleaned the top of the stadium before it started spinning. It then dumped to the ground and broke into flames.
A Midlands club spokeswoman said on Saturday: “We help Leicestershire Police and Emergency Services to handle a major incident at the King Power Stadium.”
John Butcher, who was near the stadium at the time of the crash, told the BBC his nephew apparently saw the helicopter spiral out of control because of an incorrect rear propeller.
“Within a second, it fell like a rock on the floor … Fortunately, it sprouted for a little while and all kind of leap, kind of spread. As far as we are aware, nobody was around the parking lot in this problem.”
I Thailand said officials at King Power that they could not comment on the crash or say if Vichai had been on board.
Vichai is a big favorite of the fans after he bought the rude side from central England in 201
0 and they continued to hit the football world by winning the league title 2016.
Football Football – Premier League – Leicester City v West Ham United – King Power Stadium, Leicester, United Kingdom – October 27, 2018 General picture of the helicopter wreck belonging to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashing out of King Power Stadium REUTERS / Andrew Yates
According to the magazine Forbes He is the fifth richest person in Thailand with an estimated net worth of $ 4.9 billion.
Leicestershire Police said a law from the department for transport air accidents Investigations Branch had taken care of the investigation of the cause of the crash.
After pumping millions of pounds in the club, he helped them back to the 2014 flight before they hit the sport by knocking out Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea to become champion in England.
Leading players in the page, including Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire, sent Twitter support messages while rival clubs including Manchester City expressed their concern as well.
Freelance photographer Ryan Brown covered the game and saw the helicopter clear the stadium before it crashed, BBC reported.
“Literally, the engine stopped and I turned around and did a bit of whirring noise,” Brown said to BBC Radio 5 Live. “It was quiet, leaves began spinning and then it was a big blow.”
Leicester had played a league match at home against West Ham United earlier on Saturday, 1-1.
The self-made businessman Vichai founded the Thai duty-free giant King Power in 1989.
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The duty-free business increased sharply in 2006 when an airport monopoly was granted under government by then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra , and it continued to flourish even after Thaksin’s cheers in a coup that year.
The empire of the family also includes the Belgian football club, Oud-Heverlee Leuven.
Reporting by William Schomberg; Editing Elaine Hardcastle
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