In a tragic incident, outside the King Power Stadium, Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed in a helicopter crash. It was on Saturday the aircraft spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball outside the home of Leicester City Football Club.
The club confirmed that the helicopter had just cleared the stadium when it came down at about 20:30 BST. The pilot of the helicopter, Mr. Eric Swaffer had over 20 years of experience of flying private jets and helicopters.
Mr. Vichai, 60, who was married and had four children, bought Leicester City for £39m in 2010. Under him, the foxes remarkably won the Premier League title in 2016 which is one of the most stunning achievements in the history of the English top flight.
Club ambassador Alan Birchenal shared his thoughts on the tragic incident and said that the club has reached this height because of Mr. Vichai.
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“We wouldn’t have won it [the Premier League] without him. We wouldn’t have got near it without him.
“There won’t be a dry eye among any of the staff today.”
Thousands of Leicester City supporters have shared an amended image of the club’s emblem with a crying fox on it on social media as a mark of respect. Also, Thousands of bouquets and scarves have been left outside the ground.
The team’s next fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup, scheduled for Tuesday evening, has been postponed. The helicopter came down in a car park near the stadium just over an hour after Leicester had drawn 1-1 against West Ham United in the Premier League.
Freelance photographer Ryan Brown, who was covering the game, saw the helicopter clear the King Power Stadium before it crashed. He said:
“The engine stopped and I turned round and it made 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 big bang and then [a] big fireball.”
This is a really saddening news for the whole of the football fraternity and is a great loss as well. May their souls rest in peace.