|A helicopter which was carrying the owner of Leicester City FC crashed in flames near the club’s ground, killing five people. |
The club has confirmed its owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those killed, along with two members of his staff, another passenger, and the pilot.
The helicopter took off from the King Power Stadium at about 20:30 BST on Saturday, as it often does after Leicester City games.
BT Sport cameras captured the take-off on live TV, as presenter Jake Humphrey watched and commented on it with pundits Owen Hargreaves, Chris Sutton and John Hartson.
A bang was heard shortly after and the helicopter was seen spiralling out of control, then crashing in flames in a car park.
Freelance photographer Ryan Brown had been at the match covering the game. “I heard the helicopter take off,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I turned around and it made a whirring noise and grinding noise and then went silent, it was spinning out of control.
“The blades had stopped spinning and then there was a big bang and a big fireball. Lots of people started running towards the scene; as I came around the corner there was a huge fireball.
“It crashed right near the stadium. It just cleared the stadium roof and landed in an industrial park next to it.”
It is not yet known what caused the helicopter to crash. Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people on the helicopter, the club confirmed.
Leicestershire Police said two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, died in the crash, as well as pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
No-one on the ground is believed to have been injured.