Leicester City confirm club owner among dead in helicopter crash

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NZ Herald ,
Section
Football,
Publish Date
Monday, 29 October 2018, 11:34AM
Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Photo /Getty
Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Photo /Getty

English Premier League side Leicester City have confirmed club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is among the five people killed in helicopter crash yesterday.

The helicopter crashed in the corner of a car park moments after taking off from the centre circle after a Premier League game between Leicester City and West Ham.

The five people who died in the crash are: Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

"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 statement read.

"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.

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Photo / Richard Holmes/ProSports/REX/Shu
Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Photo / Richard Holmes/ProSports/REX/Shu

"A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October for supporters wishing to pay their respects.

"Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course.

"Both Tuesday's First Team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the Development Squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed.

"Everyone at the Club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time."

Flowers are seen outside Leicester City Football Club after a helicopter crashed in flames the day before. Photo / AP
Flowers are seen outside Leicester City Football Club after a helicopter crashed in flames the day before. Photo / AP

Clubs around England are sending their condolences to the famly and Leicester City.

Players are sending their prayers and thoughts.

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