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.
Before every match Vichai leaves a bottle of whisky and glasses in the King Power’s memorial garden for families to toast lost ones. The helicopter arrived as we were leaving. The best owner a club could hope for.
— Nick Mullins (@andNickMullins) October 27, 2018
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.