A tragic helicopter accident jolted English Premier League football fans on Saturday. The chopper belonging to Leicester City Football Club (LCFC) owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed near the football stadium in the central UK city an hour after Leicester City vs West Ham United football game. While there is still no confirmation or clarity on whether Vichai was on board the helicopter when it crashed, but fans are fearing the worst. One cannot blame them for thinking Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha to be dead as the helicopter crash video and pictures look horrific. Twitter and YouTube are flooded with LCFC owner’s helicopter crash videos, which show the chopper burst into big flames. Leicester City Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Feared Dead as His Helicopter Crashes Near Stadium After Premier League Match, View Pics and Videos.
The crash took place hours after Leicester drew 1-1 with West Ham in a Premier League match at the King Power Stadium. According to Sky Sports reports, the helicopter took off from the pitch between 8.30pm-8.45pm local time (1 am-1:15 am IST) but developed problems shortly afterwards with its tail rotor and crashed in a nearby car park. What the media reports and police is not confirming is whether the Thai billionaire was present in the chopper at the time of the accident. However, LCFC followers are sure of his presence as Vichai, the ardent sports lover to frequently visit the stadium to catch live action.
Watch Video of LCFC Owner’s Helicopter Crash Post Match
As you can see from the video and was also broadcast by Sky Sports broadcast, the helicopter is completely engulfed in flames. From the early reports, it is believed that it took more than 20 minutes to extinguish the fire. Such was the impact of the crash. Several Leicester City players including their goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, former Leicester and England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and other staff were in tears.
Helicopter crash looks horrendous. Not sure yet if any, or how many casualties. Thoughts with everyone concerned. https://t.co/wtQ8jGMuUE
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 27, 2018
After the accident, Leicestershire Police tweeted, "We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing." The ambulance service also tweeted: "We are also in attendance and will update when possible." Meanwhile, broadcaster and former Leicester footballer Gary Lineker tweeted: "Hearing that the Leicester City owners' helicopter has crashed in the club's car park." Leicester fans are hoping against hope and praying for Vichai’s miraculous escape. (Inputs From PTI)