Nick Mullins pays tribute to club owner following helicopter crash

A helicopter which was carrying the owner of Leicester City FC has crashed in flames near the club’s ground.

A source close to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s family told the BBC that he was on board at the time.

The helicopter took off from the pitch at about 20:30 BST on Saturday, after a 1-1 draw against West Ham United.

Rugby commentator Nick Mullins led the tributes.

An investigation into the crash is being led by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which investigates civil aircraft accidents across the UK.

They have sent a team to the site to investigate but asked anyone with information to contact the police.

The owners have two helicopters – an older one registered as G-LCFC and a newer one registered as G-VSKP.

The helicopter that landed at the stadium was the G-VSKP.

Jim Rowlands, a former RAF Puma crew member, said the spinning nature of the aircraft indicated there was a problem with the tail rotor – the part of a helicopter that normally stops it from spinning around in the opposite direction to the main rotor blades.

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