Leicester owner among 5 on helicopter

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A helicopter belonging to Leicester City's owner, Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, crashed in flames in a auto park next to the soccer club's stadium shortly after it took off from the field following a Premier League game on Saturday night.

The paper said it took more than 20 minutes for the flames to be extinguished before emergency services were able to survey the wreckage.

Sky Sports News employee, Dan Cox, was walking across the vehicle park after filming the post-match interviews following Leicester's 1-1 draw at home to West Ham.

Humphrey said the helicopter flying out of the stadium was a "regular feature" on the show.

No official statement has been released about who was on board the helicopter or their condition.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner of Premier League football club Leicester City, has reportedly been involved in a fiery helicopter crash.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said emergency services were dealing with an incident "after an aircraft came down in a vehicle park behind the ground".

"Leicestershire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service all responded to the incident last night and enquiries continue at the scene today (Sunday 28 October), led by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch".

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Leicester City defender Harry Maguire sent a tweet with prayer emojis, while former Leicester City striker Gary Lineker also tweeted his concern.

The moment the helicopter bursts into flames.

As the wait for further news about the crash continued on Sunday, dozens of fans gathered at the King Power Stadium to lay floral tributes.

The incident occurred in the club vehicle park with eye witnesses saying police cars, ambulances and security were frantically rushing around the stadium.

Leicester's next game, which was scheduled for Tuesday against Southampton in the League Cup, is likely to be postponed.

Vichai, who started with one shop and grew Thailand's massive King Power duty-free chain, was known for arriving and leaving the stadium in central England in his helicopter. "It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the Club that is now his legacy".

"We often sit here after the games and see the helicopter take off, make remarks about owning a football club and flying in a helicopter", Humphrey said.

"The Srivaddhanaprabha family means everything to Leicester, they made us champions, you can't ask for more from owners - they won the league for us". Under his ownership, the Foxes stunned the world by winning the 2015-16 Premier League title.

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