Sunday, 28 October 2018

UNITED KINGDOM: Helicopter Crash In Leicester

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
The Leicester City owner's helicopter has crashed in a car park outside the club's ground as it left the stadium following a Premier League match.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter when it came down at about 20:30 BST on Saturday.

One witness said he saw Leicester player Kasper Schmeichel run out of the stadium towards the scene of the crash.

It is not known how many other people were on board the helicopter.

Leicester had drawn 1-1 against West Ham United at the King Power Stadium.

The game kicked off at 17:30 and finished about one hour before the helicopter took off.

Under Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's ownership, Leicester City won the Premier League in 2016, having started the season as 5,000/1 outsiders.

Leicestershire Police said officers were working alongside the other emergency services, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Leicester City FC to establish the circumstances of the collision.

In the early hours of Sunday the force tweeted that the AAIB, which said it had sent a team to the stadium, was leading the investigation.

Leicester City said the club was assisting police and emergency services and would issue a more detailed statement in due course.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

- Father of four

- Bought Leicester City in 2010 for £39m

- Billionaire and founder of duty-free consortium King Power International

- Ranked as the fifth richest person in Thailand by Forbes Magazine

- Under his ownership, the club won the Premier League in 2016 and reached the Champions League quarter finals a year later

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha born on 4 April 1958, is a Thai billionaire businessman, founder, owner and chairman of King Power Duty Free. He has been the owner of Premier League football club Leicester City since 2010.

Srivaddhanaprabha is the founder and CEO of King Power Duty Free, an operator of duty-free shops. In December 2009, King Power received the royal warrant from the King of Thailand in a ceremony attended by Raksriaksorn.

He is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 7th richest man in Thailand, reportedly worth US$3.3 billion.

In August 2010, the Asia Football Investments consortium including Srivaddhanaprabha and his son Aiyawatt purchased English Football League Championship club Leicester City.

He succeeded Milan Mandarić as chairman of the club in February 2011 while continuing as owner, and Aiyawatt became the vice chairman. In July 2011, the club's formerly named Walkers Stadium was renamed the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City went on to win the 2015–16 Premier League title. Shortly before the 2016–17 season, Vichai gifted 19 BMW i8s to the players of Leicester City at £100,000 each as a gift for winning the title.

In May 2017, he bought his second football club, OH Leuven in Belgium.

In his spare time he is an avid polo player, and owns the VR Polo Club in Bangkok. He was the president of Ham Polo Club in London from 2008 to 2012.

Srivaddhanaprabha was born into a Thai Chinese family. He is married to Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha, with whom he has four children: Voramas, Apichet, Arunroong, and Aiyawatt.

In 2012, the King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej bestowed the family new surname of Srivaddhanaprabha. The name means 'light of progressive glory' in the Thai language.

On 27 October 2018, Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium, shortly after taking off from the pitch.

It is confirmed by sources close to the family that Srivaddhanaprabha was inside the crash Helicopter.

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