Leicester City’s proprietor, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been affirmed dead in the helicopter crash outside the club’s stadium on Saturday, it was affirmed on Sunday night by the club.
He was one of five individuals killed, all in the helicopter when the mischance happened around a hour after the club’s match at home to West Ham United. The Thai owner’s helicopter slammed close to an auto stop by the south-east corner of the stadium not long after taking off from the pitch at around 8.20pm.
A club statement read; “It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived,”
“The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss. In Khun Vichai the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led. Leicester City was a family under his leadership. 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.”
Leicestershire police named the other four passengers as Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, both members of Vichai’s staff, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
“This is an incredibly tragic incident in which five people are understood to have lost their lives,” Supt Steve Potter said. “Emergency services were immediately on scene when the crash happened, working to put out the fire and gain access to the helicopter in attempts to reach those inside. Despite those efforts, there were no survivors.”