Leicester City FC Confirms Club Owner Died on Board Crashed Helicopter

Leicester owner's helicopter crashes outside King Power Stadium

Richard Cairns, headmaster of Brighton College paid tribute to Mr Swaffer, and said: "It is with great sadness that the school learnt today that one of our former pupils, Eric Swaffer, died at the weekend after the helicopter he was piloting crashed near the Leicester city football ground while transporting the club's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha".

Leicester City cancel Sunday's planned training session and will reportedly look to push back their meeting with Everton following Saturday's helicopter crash tragedy.

The woman was identified as Izabela Lechowicz, an experienced pilot and flight instructor, Polish Radio reported, citing police.

The players walked around the perimeter of jerseys, scarves and flowers that has formed at the King Power Stadium since Saturday's helicopter crash claimed the lives of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed when the aircraft came down outside the King Power Stadium after the team's 1-1 draw with West Ham. "It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the Club that is now his legacy".

Leicester's EFL Cup tie against Southampton and the development squad's match against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup on Tuesday have both been postponed.

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Prince William has offered his condolences to the family of the owner of the Leicester soccer club and the four others who perished in a helicopter crash.

The aircraft came to rest on its port side in a auto park.

It said it was the first AW169 aircraft to be involved in an accident.

It is also not clear whether anyone on the ground was affected. A small candle was placed in front of the flowers as people gathered at the stadium.

Messages from Leicester fans on the flowers included "In our thoughts!" and "Thank you xx", and one fan left a card of a fox with their flowers, which read: "Thinking of you all".

Under his ownership the club rose out of the Championship and eventually won the Premier League for the first time in its history in 2015-16, defying odds of 5,000-1.

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Leicester City issued a statement late on Sunday describing the 60-year-old, who bought the club for £39 million in 2010 and led it to a first Premier League title, as a "great man". He has been praised for his charity work, donating 2 million pounds ($2.5 million) toward a new local children's hospital.

"Officers are working alongside the ambulance service, Leicester Fire and Rescue Service, the Air Accident Investigation Branch and Leicester City Football Club to establish the exact circumstances of the collision".

Emergency services are now dealing with an incident at the King Power Stadium, in Leicester, after an aircraft came down in a vehicle park behind the ground earlier this evening.

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.

The area was evacuated. A cordon is now in place at the scene.

"Leicestershire Police will be supporting the AAIB in its investigation, liaising closely with Leicester City Football Club as enquiries continue".

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