Leicester City’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is confirmed dead in the helicopter crash outside the stadium at about 20:30 BST on Saturday. He was one of the five people killed in the horror crash after the club’s draw at home to West Ham United.
The soccer club announced late Sunday “with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart” that none of the five on board survived.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 28, 2018
Other victims are named as two members of Vichai’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer, and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz, according to Leicestershire police.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is leading the investigation into the accident and a cordon remains in place at the scene. “This is an incredibly tragic incident in which five people are understood to have lost their lives,” Supt Steve Potter said, adding: “Emergency services were immediately on scene when the crash happened, working to put out the fire and gain access to the helicopter in attempts to reach those inside. Despite those efforts, there were no survivors.”
Aerial footage has revealed the wreckage of the helicopter crash outside Leicester City football stadium.
It's understood club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board.
For the latest on the story, head here: https://t.co/NiwFkkUeLK pic.twitter.com/nmufaohTp4
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) October 28, 2018
The self-made billionaire, who also owns Thai duty-free retail giant King Power, had bought Leicester for £39m in 2010 and is said to be the architect of a footballing miracle. Tributes on Twitter continue:
The world of football pays its respects to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha pic.twitter.com/pQqUlABVaN
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 28, 2018
Everybody at Chelsea Football Club is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of five people at Leicester City on Saturday, including the club’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Our thoughts at this sad time are with all those affected. https://t.co/bHmIuHgXiS
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 28, 2018
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