Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes leaving stadium
The Leicester City owner’s helicopter has crashed in a auto park outdoors the club’s ground shortly soon after taking off following a match.
It is not recognized if Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter at the time.
Leicester City had been playing West Ham United in the Premier League at their King Energy stadium.
One particular witness stated he saw Leicester’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel run out towards the crashed helicopter.
Under Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s ownership, Leicester City won the Premier League in 2016, obtaining started the season as 5,000/1 outsiders.
The game, which ended 1-1, kicked off at 17:30 BST and completed about a single hour ahead of the helicopter took off.
One particular Leicester season ticker holder, who did not want to be named, said: “I saw Kasper Schmeichel run out initial and then loads of security guards and stewards.
“I was stood outside the ground but it crashed on the other side. I hope every person is OK.”
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Freelance photographer Ryan Brown was covering the game and saw the helicopter clear the King Energy stadium before it crashed.
He told BBC Radio Leicester: “The engine stopped and I turned round and it created a bit of a whirring noise, like a grinding noise.
“The helicopter just went silent, I turned round and it was just spinning, out of control. And then there was a huge bang and then [a] huge fireball.”
A Leicestershire Police spokesman stated emergency services had been dealing with an incident “after an aircraft came down in a auto park behind the ground”.
Leicester City mentioned the club was assisting police and emergency solutions and would concern a much more detailed statement in due course.
A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said they received a get in touch with at 20:38 BST to reports of the helicopter crash.
The service has advised members of the public to stay away from the area.
A University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust spokesman tweeted to say they have been conscious of the incident and supporting emergency solutions.
At the scene
By BBC Sport commentator Ian Stringer
I have observed staff, backroom employees and [the] 1st group in tears here his evening. The reception area is described as silent, men and women searching around and crying and not knowing what to do and consoling every other.
I don’t forget the owners taking over. I stated hello to them in native tongue, their face lit up. I have generated relationships with them, noticed them in Thailand in Bangkok in their house surrounding, they are truly nice men and women.
The chairman looked at me these days on the way to the executive box and said “hello and excellent afternoon”.
We were keeping a close eye on him due to the fact of the nature of today’s game and it is genuinely eerie around Leicester at the minute this evening.
Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett said the helicopter took off from the pitch, as it does soon after every single game.
He said that soon after a few seconds it appeared to shed handle and crashed into the vehicle park just a few hundred metres away.
Another witness mentioned it appeared “the tail propeller wasn’t operating, placing it into a spin”.
Leicester mayor Peter Soulsby tweeted that his thoughts and prayers have been “with all – particularly owners who’ve done so much for club and our city”.
Labour MP Jon Ashworth, who represents Leicester South, stated he had been in touch with emergency solutions and thanked them for responding so rapidly.
Former Leicester City and England striker Gary Lineker signed off on Match of the Day by saying it had been a “dreadful day”.
Many Leicester City players, including striker Jamie Vardy, and West Ham have tweeted given that the crash.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha purchased the club in 2010 for £39m and, after Leicester have been promoted from the Championship in 2014, stated he would devote £180m to get them into European competitors in 3 years.
Leicester City went on to win the Premier League title in one particular of the greatest sporting stories of all time following Tottenham’s 2-two draw at Chelsea in May 2016.
Claudio Ranieri’s side lost just 3 league games in what was described as a “fairytale” and the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport”.
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Published at Sat, 27 Oct 2018 23:22:24 +0000