Helicopter reportedly crashes outside Leicester stadium

Helicopter reportedly crashes outside Leicester stadium

Helicopter reportedly crashes outside Leicester stadium

The Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was leaving the King Power Stadium via a private helicopter when it crashed into the stadium's vehicle park.

Leicestershire Police said: "We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium". As per a report, Vichai was on board the eight seater helicopter destined for London.

Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha looks on following the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Leicester, England. Videos from the scene show a massive blaze raging on the ground. The Thai businessman oversaw Leicester's remarkable Premier League triumph in 2016.

A BT Sport broadcast appears to capture the sound of the helicopter bursting into flame as Jake Humphrey and Owen Hargreaves discuss matters of football on Premier League Tonight after the game.

Leicester police tweeted that they were dealing with an incident near the club's King Power Stadium and that emergency services were also at the scene.

A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said they received a call at 20:38 local time to reports of the helicopter crash.

The service has advised members of the public to stay away from the area.

The team said it was assisting authorities with "a major incident" outside the stadium but no further information was provided.

The helicopter had landed on the pitch's centre circle soon after the final whistle as it does after nearly every home game to take the owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and his family and guests back to London.

Worrying pictures have come from the stadium auto park where a huge fire has ensued following the crash.

A witness told Sky News: "I hope they're okay". "It turned silent, blades started spinning and then there was a big bang".

"There were plumes of huge grey smoke pouring out of the wreckage outside the vehicle park, outside the stadium".

Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in August 2010 and was named chairman in February 2011.

"The emergency service reacted very, very quickly".

Leicester players Harry Maguire and Wilfred Ndidi tweeted the emoji of praying hands.

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