By Prince Etim
A day after a deadly helicopter crash occurred at the English Premier League side Leicester City, police and family have confirmed that the club’s owner, Thai billionaire businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was aboard and died along with four others on Saturday evening.
The Chairman of the English club was known to fly in his blue helicopter on match days and had just watched the match between his football club and West Ham United on Saturday. Onlookers saw the helicopter crash down and burst into flames. The club had initially asked for privacy in the early hours but confirmed on Sunday night that he was indeed among the five casualties in the mishap.
“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,” said a club statement.
Along with Srivaddhanaprabha, four other people-Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, both staff of Vichai’s, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz– died when the helicopter went down.
Srivaddhanaprabha bought over the club in 2010 and led them to a fairy tale win of the league title in 2016. Football insiders across the world have expressed their condolences for the families of the deceased and their football club.