A very tragic situation occurred after Leicester City’s game against West Ham. A helicopter owned by Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed right outside King Power Stadium seconds after liftoff. It is unknown if Srivaddhanaprabha was on-board at the time this article was published.

Witnesses told Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett that they saw the helicopter take off after the game and seconds later, had an apparent issue with the rear propeller. The helicopter started to spin out of control and then crashed into the staff parking lot, bursting into flames.

Again, it’s unknown if Srivaddhanaprabha was on board at this time but it’s typical for the Leicester owner to have his helicopter land on the field after home games, board the helicopter and then take off. We even wrote about an instance where that same helicopter landed during NBC’s live postgame pitchside segment after a game in 2016.

Leicestershire Police has been controlling the scene and reports have that the fire has been put out. It is unknown the condition of those on the helicopter as well as those in the vicinity on the ground as of posting.

[Sky Sports/Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters]

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