Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes outside King Power Stadium

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha helicopter

Shortly after Leicester's 1-1 draw with West Ham flames enveloped a nearby auto park where Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter fell to the ground near the King Power stadium earlier tonight. Under his ownership the club shocked the footballing world by winning the 2015/16 league title.

Sky Sports said the helicopter took off from the pitch between 8.30pm-8.45pm local time (1930-1945 GMT) but developed problems shortly afterwards with its tail rotor and crashed in a nearby vehicle park.

Srivaddhanaprabha has four children but it remains unclear if any family members were on board the aircraft.It is known that Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester's vice-chairman and Srivaddhanaprabha's son, was not at the game and was not on board.

Images taken at the scene show the helicopter engulfed in flames.

"We received a call at 8.38pm this evening to reports of a helicopter crash near King Power Stadium", it read.

Leicester mayor Peter Soulsby tweeted that his thoughts and prayers were "with all - particularly owners who've done so much for club and our city".

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Leicester had played an English Premier League match at home against West Ham United earlier on Saturday, drawing 1-1. But there were no immediate details of who was on the helicopter, which another broadcaster, Sky Sports, said crashed in the club carpark.

Emergency services are now at the scene.

"He was not at the game, I'm told". Lots of people started running towards the scene, likewise myself, and as I came around the corner there was just a huge fireball. It hit the ground with a big bang then burst into flames.

"It crashed literally near the stadium". It just cleared the stadium roof-line and landed in an industrial park next to the stadium.

Blake Schuster is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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