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Helicopter crashes in Leicester

Filed: Saturday, 27th October 2018
By: Staff Writer

A helicopter has crashed in Leicester City's staff car park.

The helicopter, which is understood to be owned by City's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed between 30 and 45 minutes after this evening's game between Leicester and West Ham United.

At the time of the incident most supporters are believed to have left the immediate area - West Ham fans were situated on the opposite side of the ground to the crash and had left the stadium within 15 minutes of the final whistle - although several people were still in the car park at the time.

KUMB Forum member Doc H Ball said: "We were on the other side of the ground but it will be a miracle if no fans got caught up in it. I really hope it doesn’t get worse than it already looks. It may take a while getting out of here, but that’s nothing."

Emergency services are still at the scene, whilst it was announced at 9.50pm by local media that the fire has been extinguished. There is no news at present regarding any potential casualties.

Reports also suggest that some Leicester fans who had left the ground after the game returned to the King Power Stadium after news of the crash broke via social media and TV.

Karren Brady has confirmed that West Ham's staff and players were not involved in the incident. "I can confirm everyone from WHU has safely left the stadium," said West Ham's vice chairman.

"My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Leicester City, horrific pictures on the news, I pray everyone is ok."

It has now been confirmed that City's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was on board the eight-seater helicopter, which was destined for London.

According to journalist @JacobsBen, "Failure, upon take off, resulted in a fire prior to a crash in the car park." There are still no news regarding casualties.

West Ham captain Mark Noble, who was dismissed during the 1-1 draw prior to the incident, commenting via twitter, added: "F%*k football when something like that happens. Just praying that there are survivors. Thoughts are with you, LCFC."

At 10.40pm, the East Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed that they had been attending the incident.

"We received a call at 8.38pm to reports of a helicopter crash in the car park of King Power Stadium in Leicester," said EMAS Associate Director of Operations Pete Ripley.

"We have sent a doctor in a car, two paramedics in ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team, with the first resource arriving within two minutes of the call.

"We are currently working with our colleagues in Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service at the scene. We advise members of the public to stay away from the area while we deal with this incident."

A Leicester City spokesman said: “We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the emergency services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium. The Club will issue a more detailed statement once further information has been established.”

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