Leicester City football club owner's helicopter crashes outside team stadium

The helicopter seconds before crashing

The helicopter seconds before crashing

"Then, after Leicester played West Ham this evening, the helicopter owned by the Leicester chairman took off from the pitch at the King Power Stadium and a few seconds later crashed outside the ground".

The incident occurred in the club's auto park, where police cars and emergency services rushed towards an area where flames were visible before the area was evacuated.

Emergency services are now at the scene.

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust urged members of the public to stay away from the scene.

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin were not on board the helicopter that crashed earlier today, according to Sky Sources.

"Now we need to stress we don't know who was on board that helicopter".




A witness told Sky News: "I hope they're okay".

A Leicester City spokesman said: "We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the emergency services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium". "It turned silent, blades started spinning and then there was a big bang". It's over on the other side of the auto park, I don't think there were people there. The auto park is located just a few hundred metres away from where the pitch is.

"The emergency service reacted very, very quickly".

He said when he ran to the scene "there was a huge fireball" and it looked like the helicopter had crashed in an industrial park next to the stadium.

England and Leicester City players Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy also tweeted to send his prayers to the scene of the accident.

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

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