MANCHESTER, England – On Saturday night, a helicopter of the owner of Leicester City, the British football club of the Premier League, crashed in front of the club's stadium.
Initial media reports indicated that Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had bought The team had funded the fabulous Premier League title in 2010 and were on board, although the authorities did not immediately confirm this. The police said the rescue services had dealt with an incident at King Power Stadium and did not say if anyone had survived the crash.
According to Sky News, witnesses reported that the helicopter appeared to be a problem immediately after launch. He tried to clear the roof of the stadium and then turn to the ground. It crashed in one of the official parking lots of the club next to the stadium.
Images and videos posted on social media showed a big fire near the stadium. It was not known if spectators were injured.
The sight of the landing of Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter after matches on the field to pick up the owner and his entourage and bring them back to London became known during his time in the club. His son Aiyawatt, Leicester's deputy chairman, would normally have been among them, but Sky Sports reported that he had not attended the game on Saturday.
Srivaddhanaprabha returns his assets to Bangkok-based King Power International duty-free shops at Thailand airports. He opened his first branch in 1989 and is said to have accumulated a fortune of around five billion dollars. He bought Leicester, then in the second championship, in 2010 for 39 million pounds, equivalent to about 50 million US dollars.
He became an immensely popular character, partly due to regular supporters of fans. For the game that was closest to his birthday, he provided free beer and donuts at the stadium. The club also spent tens of thousands of pounds to provide each fan with a "clacker" to improve the atmosphere in the stadium. He regularly flew Buddhist monks from his native Thailand to bless the field at King Power Stadium.
But above all, it was his role in building the team that won the Premier League – the first title in Leicester's 132-year history – that sealed his place in the heart of the city. Leicester was promoted to the highest league of English football in 2014. At the beginning of the 2015/16 season bookmakers ranked the team as a 5,000: 1 outsider to win the championship.
However, with a team of offshoots of larger clubs and unrecognized associates, Leicester held against Manchester United Manchester City and Chelsea win the title with 10 points. Thousands of fans flocked to the streets to celebrate.