Harrowing Picture Shows Extent Of The Damage From Leicester City Helicopter Crash

An incredibly harrowing image of the wreckage from last night's helicopter crash has been released.

The aerial shot shows the extent of the damage to the burnt out chopper, which fell from the sky after taking off from Leicester City's King Power Stadium.

According to reports, sources close to the family have confirmed that the club's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board the aircraft.

It is fairly normal procedure for the Thai billionaire to jump on board his private helicopter following a game.

Sky News
Sky News

According to reports, after riding to about 200 feet the aircraft underwent some complications before crashing into the concrete and bursting into flames.

The conditions of those on board the helicopter have not been confirmed by the emergency authorities.

Some fans who had been to the game tweeted pictures of the aftermath. One reporter from the local media captured a video of the scene at around 9.30pm. The crash took place around 8.45pm.

One witness told Sky Sports: "(My nephew) saw this helicopter out of control then drop within a second and burst into flames. He was so upset - we're all thinking about the owners here and what they've done for the football club. It's awful, you can't believe it."

Fans have been arriving at the stadium this morning to pay their respects and lay flowers and messages of condolence at the site of the tragic incident.

PA
PA

Since news of the crash was released there has been an outpouring of messages across social media, with former players, clubs, and managers showing their support for Leicester City and the family of those involved.

Crystal Palace wrote: "The thoughts of everyone at Palace are with Leicester City and those affected by the terrible incident at the King Power Stadium last night."

And former Foxes player Gary Linekar siad: "That was the most difficult @BBCMOTD I've ever hosted. Thoughts are with everyone at Leicester City<span class="redactor-invisible-space" "="">. A terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking."

Speaking to France Info the club's manager Claude Puel confirmed he wasn't on board but sent his thoughts to the families of those involved.

He said: "It is a tragedy for the club. All of my thoughts are with the victims and their families and I want reassure all the people who are concerned about me. I am distraught, but I am well."

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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