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British Soccer Club Owner’s Helicopter Crashes

The helicopter of a British soccer club owner has crashed outside a stadium moments after taking off.

Police have not confirmed if Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, owner of Leicester City of Britain’s Premier League, was on board when the aircraft went down in the parking lot near King Power Stadium after a Saturday night match.

Video footage from the scene showed balls of flames engulfing the wreckage.

“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 [AAIB]. These enquiries are expected to continue over the coming days,” said a local police statement.

British media reports have said the 60-year-old Thai owner and a group of others had boarded the helicopter.

The Leicester City soccer club said it was assisting police with a “major incident.”

Leicester is about 143 kilometers north of London.

 

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