Leicester City owner’s helicopter crashes outside King Power stadium

The helicopter of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has crashed outside the King Power Stadium following their Premier League fixtute against West Ham today.

It is not known if Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter at the time, or if any fans were injured in the incident.

The incident occurred in the club’s car park, with pictures showing a large fire and police cars and emergency services rushing towards the area.

Eyewitnesses report seeing the helicopter just clear the roof of the stands, stay in the air briefly and then spiral down to earth after reportedly developing a fault with its tail rotor.

Leicestershire Police said: “We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing.”

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust tweeted: “We are also in attendance and will update when possible.”

Srivaddhanaprabha, who owns the Thai duty free company King Power, travels to every home game in his private helicopter and frequently takes off from the pitch after games.

The Srivaddhanaprabha family completed their takeover of Leicester City in the summer of 2010, with the club winning the title against all odds six years later.

Leicester City have released a short statement saying: “We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the Emergency Services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium. The Club will issue a more detailed statement once further information has been established.”