MANCHESTER, England – A helicopter belonging to Leicester City, the English Premier League football club, crashed outside the club’s stadium on Saturday night.
Initial news media reported that Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire who bought the team 2010 and bankrolled his saga Premier League title win in 2016, was on board, although the authorities did not immediately confirm it. Police said the rescue service “acted” with an event at the King Power Stadium and did not tell if anyone survived the crash.
The crash occurred a little after 8:30, an hour or so after the end of Leicester’s Premier League match against West Ham United.
Photos and videos published on social media showed a big fire near the stadium. It was not known if any accomplices were injured.
The sight of Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter who landed on the field after game to gather the owner and his entourage and transport them back to London has become familiar during his time at the club. His son, Aiyawatt, Leicester’s vice chairman, had usually been among them, but Sky Sports reported that he did not participate in the game on Saturday.
Srivaddhanaprabha traces its wealth to its King Power International, a company based in Bangkok, which operates duty free shops at airports in Thailand. He opened his first outlet in 1989 and is now supposed to have accumulated a fortune worth about $ 5 billion. He bought Leicester, then in the second competition championship 2010, for £ 39 million, equivalent to about $ 50 million.
Premier League rivals offered their best wishes to Leicester City on Saturday after the words of the crash spread. Manchester City Football Club published on Twitter : “The thought of everyone in Manchester City is with everyone at @LCFC after the event after tonight’s match at the King Power Stadium.”