Leicester City Helicopter Crash

  • LEICESTER CITY HELICOPTER CRASH: FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS MADE IN THAILAND

    The funeral of the Leicester City owner who died in a helicopter crash is to begin in Thailand on Saturday.

    Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died along with two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the aircraft came down in a car park moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium.

    Details announced in Thailand said the ceremony would begin in the evening with Buddhist bathing rituals.

    Crash investigations are still taking place at the football ground.

    Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died in the crash on Saturday.

    Vichai

    Police have now formally identified four of the victims and coroners are still to formally identify the fifth.

    The funeral details, issued to Thai media, said a bathing ceremony would start at a temple in Bangkok on 3 November.

    This will be followed by recitation ceremonies over seven days. The date of a cremation ceremony has not been set yet.

    Because of Mr Vichai’s contributions to various charities, the funeral has been described as “royal sponsored”.

    The BBC understands a funeral ceremony would take place with or without the 60-year-old’s body.

    Those who issued the notice also requested that instead of wreaths donations be made to the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

    s investigators work to find the cause of the crash, aviation experts analysing video footage said it suggests there was a problem with the tail rotor before the helicopter started spinning.

    Earlier this week, Mr Vichai’s son, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha – known as Top – said he would now try carry on his father’s “big vision and dreams” for Leicester City.

    A huge display of floral and footballing tributes has been left outside the stadium and a steady stream of people have been signing a book of condolence at the ground since it opened on Tuesday.

    Families of those who died, players and members of the wider Leicester community have also been visiting the memorial, and club staff and players have been offered counselling.

    Former manager Claudio Ranieri visited the site on Thursday with Mr Vichai’s family to lay his own wreath.

    Ranieri, 67, was appointed manager of the Foxes in 2015, guiding them to the Premier League title a year later in what many called “a fairytale” for the club.

    Current manager Claude Puel said his players made the decision to go ahead with the Premier League match at Cardiff City on Saturday.

    He said the result of Saturday’s game is “not important”.

    Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, Puel added: “Playing football has not been at front of our minds this week.

    “But for this weekend, and all the matches thereafter, we play to honour a man who did so much for our club,” he said.

    The club’s Carabao Cup match with Southampton, originally scheduled for 30 October, was postponed following the crash, and will now take place on 27 November.

    Vichai

    In Leicester, two sisters are planning a memorial walk from the city centre to the King Power Stadium on 10 November, with thousands of people expected to attend.

    Pupils at a Leicester school were allowed to wear Leicester City shirts or something blue with their uniform on Thursday in recognition of the club chairman.

    Vichai

    And Leicester Cathedral said it would be ringing its bells for an hour on Friday evening in memory of all those who died.

    Leicester City have confirmed they will travel by road to their game at Cardiff on Saturday rather than fly, as it was felt insensitive to go by plane given the circumstances of Mr Vichai’s death.

  • Leicester City helicopter crash LIVE updates after Foxes owner’s aircraft crashes in King Power car park

    The helicopter owned by Vichai Srivaddhnaprabh spiralled and crashed to the ground before bursting into flames as it left stadium

    The helicopter belonging to Leicester’s billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhnaprabha crashed and burst into flames as it left the club’s stadium.

    The helicopter spiralled and crashed to the ground before bursting into flames as it left stadium following the 1-1 draw with West Ham.

    Mr Srivaddhanapraba, A Thai businessman estimated to be worth £5bn, is the owner of the club and chairman of the sponsors King Power.

    Eye witnesses reported seeing the helicopter struggling in the air and only just clearing the stadium roof before plummeting to the floor.

    Emergency services were scrambled to the scene and shocked onlookers ushered away as ambulances and fire fighting crews raced to the scene.

    One eye witness said: “I saw it all. It was clearly in trouble and only just managed to get over the stadium before it started whirling around and coming down.”

    It is not known whether the owner son, a fellow Leicester director was in the helicopter.

    Eye-witness accounts

    Eye witnesses have told Mirror Sport that the helicopter took off as normal, but as it reached a height of approximately 200 feet, made it over the stadium stand only to go into a tail-spin and crash into the car park on the south-west corner of the stadium, near the staff car park.

    One eye witness said:

    “I saw it all. It was clearly in trouble and only just managed to get over the stadium before it started whirling around and coming down.”

     

    Another declared:

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

     

    Srivaddhanaprabha, who bought the east Midlands club in 2010, is normally flown back to London after games.

    (Image: PA)

    Sky News report the Leicester owner was on board

    Srivaddhanaprabha leaves the stadium by his helicopter, which lands in the centre circle on the pitch, after every Leicester home game.

    Srivaddhanaprabha, who owns the King Power company, bought Leicester in 2010 and became chairman the following February.

    Sky News are reporting he was indeed aboard the eight-seater tonight.

    Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in the stands
    (Image: Reuters)

    Latest pictures as firefighters seek to quell blaze

    These are the latest pictures from outside the ground.

    (Image: Ryan Browne/BPI/REX/Shutterstock)
    (Image: Ryan Browne/BPI/REX/Shutterstock)

    Neil Moxley at the King Power

    Details sketchy here.
    The latest is that eyewitnesses say that the helicopter took off as normal. It normally takes off vertically, hovers above the pitch, then moves off towards London.
    This time, it reached a height of approximately 200 feet, made it over the stadium stand but then it went into a tail-spin and crashed into the car park on the south-west corner of the stadium, near the staff car park.
    There are conflicting eye-witness accounts who say it was either on fire before it came down. Or, alternatively, it was not on fire but slammed into the concrete.
    Soon afterwards, it was engulfed in a fireball.
    We don’t know who was aboard. The helicopter, we understand, can ferry six passengers. There are also unconfirmed reports that two crew members were involved in the accident.
    However, at present there is no official confirmation of who was aboard.

    (Image: Ryan Browne/BPI/REX/Shutterstock)

    From Leicestershire Police

    “We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium.

    “Emergency services are aware and dealing.”

    Harry Maguire tweets

    Amid the confusion and shock City fans are praying for the safety of the club’s owners.

    It is unclear who was on the helicopter, which crashed around 8.45pm

    Another eye-witness statement

    Tim Acott, Leicester season ticket holder of 40 years, said:

    “It just came out of the stadium already spinning then down to the ground. Just in a spiral.

    “It hit the ground with a big bang then burst into flames. It’s over on the other side of the car park, I don’t think there were people there. I’m shaking like anything.”

     

    The incident occurred after the 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday afternoon.

    (Image: Sky News)

    Eye witness declaration

    One eye witness said:

    “I saw it all. It was clearly in trouble and only just managed to get over the stadium before it started whirling around and coming down.”

     

    It is not known whether the owner son, a fellow Leicester director was in the helicopter.

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    Crashed in the car park after the game

    The helicopter carrying Leicester’s billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhnaprabha crashed and burst into flames as it left the club’s stadium last night. 

    The helicopter spiralled and crashed to the ground before bursting into flames as it left stadium following the 1-1 draw with West Ham. 

    Mr Srivaddhanapraba, A Thai businessman estimated to be worth £5bn, is the owner of the club and chairman of the sponsors King Power. 

    Eye witnesses reported seeing the helicopter struggling in the air and only just clearing the stadium roof before plummeting to the floor. 

    Emergency services were scrambled to the scene and shocked onlookers ushered away as ambulances and fire fighting crews raced to the scene.

    (Image: Ryan Browne/BPI/REX/Shutterstock)

    Leicester City helicopter crash

    A HELICOPTER belonging to Leicester City’s chairman has crashed outside the King Power Stadium.

    The aircraft had just taken off from the pitch at the east Midlands’ club and made it over the stand en route to London before it crashed into a car park outside the stadium.

    Eyewitness accounts said the helicopter went into a tailspin before slamming into the concrete.

    It did not burst into flames immediately but was soon engulfed in a fireball. It is unknown if Leicester City’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board.

    The emergency services were called immediately and have cordoned off the area to deal with the immediate fire.

    (Image: Getty Images)

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