Leicester City owner was on-board crashed helicopter

The owner of Leicester City football club was on-board his helicopter when it crashed outside the King Power Stadium, seconds after take off.

Reuters is reporting Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was joined by his daughter, two pilots and an unidentified fifth passenger when the aircraft came down in the stadium’s carpark at around 8.30pm Saturday night.

The helicopter burst into flames as it hit the ground.

The King Power Stadium was evacuated shortly after the crash and the surrounding area was cordoned off. Those leaving the stadium as the helicopter came down were seen running away from the immediate area.

Witnesses said the helicopter just cleared the top of the stadium before it began to spin out of control.

It has not been revealed whether anyone on the ground was injured, nor has the condition of those on-board been announced.

The Thai billionaire became idolised by fans after the club won the 2016 Premier League title against all odds.

He leaves every match by helicopter, which lands in the centre of the pitch after every Leicester home game.

Srivaddhanaprabha became Leicester City chairman after his company King Power led a consortium to buy the club in 2010.

Reaction has poured in from across the football world

Just before the crash Leicester drew against West Ham United, finishing 1-1.

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