Leicester City players mourn owner killed in helicopter crash

Leicester owner's helicopter crashes outside King Power Stadium

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

Four others, including Srivaddhanaprabha's were also onboard the helicopter, a source close to the club told Reuters.

Leicester City fans and supporters have returned to the scene of the fiery helicopter crash to pay their respects.

Little was known about Vichai, owner of the King Power duty free retail empire, who opened his first shop in 1989 and by 2006 had been given a multi dollar monopoly over the main Thai airports.

VICHAI Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City whose helicopter crashed outside the Premier League club's stadium today, is the author of one of football's greatest fairytales.

Vichai had attended Leicester's 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday and departed as was common in his helicopter from the centre-circle of the club's King Power stadium pitch.

In a statement, the AAIB says inspectors are expected to remain on the site at Leicester's stadium until the end of the week when the wreckage is expected to be transported to specialist facilities for a detailed examination.

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Polo-loving Vichai, 60, endeared himself forever to Leicester fans when the unfashionable club broke the grip of English football's traditional giants to win the Premier League in 2016 - the first topflight title in their history.

"You can see that outpouring of grief at the moment, it's as genuine as they come, and I think that speaks volumes for the man that we're talking about".

Leicester's next game, which was scheduled for Tuesday against Southampton in the League Cup, has been postponed.

The Duke of Cambridge, 36, paid tribute to the Leicester owner, 60, in a heartfelt statement on Monday after the King Power Stadium tragedy.

He told BBC Radio Leicester: "The engine stopped and I turned round and it made a bit of a whirring noise, like a grinding noise".

Images showed orange balls of flame engulfing the wreckage in the auto park of the stadium where just two years ago Leicester celebrated the most unlikely of Premier League title triumphs. "It turned silent, blades started spinning and then there was a big bang", he said. "So they've done things well outside what most football club owners would do".

Members of the public have left flowers, flags and football scarves outside the grounds, along with an image of Ganesh - a god traditionally depicted in temples in Thailand. "A awful tragedy. Heartbreaking".

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Supporters pause at the pile of floral tributes outside Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium.

The sight of his personal helicopter taking off from the middle of the field - to take Vichai to his English base near London in Berkshire - was a regular feature after Leicester's home games.

Since news of her death has emerged, her social media accounts have been inundated with tributes and messages of condolence.

Vichai's major investments in the club helped return them to England's Premier League from the second-tier Championship in 2014.

"I am fine, but dreadfully sad", he said. Doesn't seem like they have had much of a chance.

But not even their most devout fans could have imagined what happened next.

There, Leicester City defied the odds yet again, winning their group before eventually losing their quarter-final 2-1 over two legs to Atletico Madrid.

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