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A helicopter believed to be carrying Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City’s chairman, crashed outside the King Power Stadium following Leicester’s home draw with West Ham United on Saturday night.

While there was no official statement immediately forthcoming about who was on board, or their condition, the BBC reported a source close to the Srivaddhanaprabha family as saying the club’s 60-year-old chairman was on the helicopter. However, the news had yet to be confirmed early on Sunday. 

 

A spokesperson for Vichai’s Thai company, King Power, did not have any comment on Sunday morning. The. Guardian

The incident occurred around an hour after the final whistle. The Thai owner’s helicopter crashed near a car park near the south-east corner of the stadium shortly after taking off from the pitch at around 8.30pm.

“I have seen staff, backroom staff of the first team in tears here this evening,” Stringer adds. “The reception area is described as silent, people are looking around and crying and not knowing what to do and consoling each other.

“This is a very close football club, a tightly knit group of people. People love this guy – they pulled off the greatest sports story ever at this stadium and lifted the Premier League trophy.

“The chairman looked at me today on his way to the executive box and said ‘hello and good afternoon’. I said ‘good luck’, he said ‘thank you’.” BBC

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