Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha dead in helicopter crash

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha owner of Leicester City FC died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium.

Leicester City confirmed the news in a statement on Sunday night. “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

Vichai, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when the aircraft crashed on Saturday.

The accident occurred around an hour after Leicester’s draw at home to West Ham United.

The Thai owner’s helicopter crashed near a car park near the south-east corner of the stadium shortly after taking off from the pitch

Thousands of bouquets and scarves have already been left outside the ground.

Leicestershire Police said it believed the dead to be:

  • Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
  • Two members of his staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare
  • Pilot Eric Swaffer
  • Passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz

Izabela Lechowicz, a pilot who was one of the victims of the crash, was originally from Poland but had lived in Britain for a number of years.


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