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On 27 October 2018, an AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter crashed shortly after take-off from the King Power Stadium, the home ground of Leicester City football club in Leicester, United Kingdom. Five people were on board, including club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha,[2] three other passengers, and a pilot.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is currently leading an investigation into the accident. It was confirmed that nobody onboard the aircraft survived and that there were no ground casualties.[3][4][5]


  • 1 Aircraft
  • 2 History of the flight
  • 3 Accident
  • 4 Investigation
  • 5 Responses
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


The aircraft involved in the accident was an AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter, registration G-VSKP,[6] c/n 69018, manufactured in 2016.[7] It seated 10 people and weighed roughly 4,500 kilograms (9,900 lb).[8] It was powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines.[9] The aircraft was owned by Foxborough and operated by Amadeus Aviation. This was the first crash and hull loss involving the AW169.[10]

History of the flight[edit]

Srivaddhanaprabha frequently travelled to and from Leicester City’s matches at the King Power Stadium in the helicopter, with the Leicester Mercury describing it as “a familiar sight for Foxes fans.”[11] On 27 October, he travelled in the helicopter to attend Leicester City’s Premier League game against West Ham United, departing from Ottershaw, Surrey, at 14:43 BST (13:43 UTC) and arriving at the stadium at 15:58 BST (14:58 UTC).[12] Following the end of the game, as was usual, the helicopter landed in the middle of the stadium’s pitch to collect Srivaddhanaprabha.[13] The helicopter was seen preparing to lift off from the pitch live on BT Sport, during a post-match broadcast.[14][unreliable source?][15] By this point, the coach carrying the West Ham United team had departed,[6] but some Leicester City staff and players were still in the stadium, while there remained fans of both clubs in areas outside.[16]


With Srivaddhanaprabha, the pilot and three other people on board,[17] the helicopter took off from within the stadium shortly before the time of the crash at 20:30 BST (19:30 UTC). Almost immediately after leaving the stadium, the helicopter entered a spin and fell to the ground.[18] A witness claimed that the failure of the helicopter’s tail rotor was the cause of the accident,[6] with another witness stating the aircraft fell “like a stone to the floor”.[19] The helicopter struck the ground in stadium Car Park E, about 200 metres (200 yd) from the stadium. The wreckage then burst into flames.[18] Two police officers attempted to rescue those in the helicopter but had to retreat due to the heat and flames.[18]

The following day, Leicestershire Police confirmed that all on board had been killed in the crash and subsequent fire, and named the five fatalities.[3][4] There were no casualties elsewhere.


The Air Accidents Investigation Branch opened an investigation into the accident.[6] The aircraft’s Digital Flight Data Recorder was recovered on 28 October, having been severely damaged in the fire. It was transported to Farnborough, Hampshire, for downloading of data contained therein. The wreckage of the helicoper is scheduled to be transported to Farnborough by 2 November.[20]


The FA Women’s Championship match between Leicester City and Manchester United, scheduled for the day after the crash, was postponed out of respect for the victims.[21]
The ladies reserve league match against Derby County was also postponed.[22] Leicester City’s EFL Cup fixture against Southampton, which had been scheduled to take place at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday 30 October, and the Premier League International Cup fixture between Leicester City U-23s and Feyenoord Academy, were also subsequently postponed.[23][24] The 2018–19 Belgian First Division B fixture between Oud-Heverlee Leuven, the second club owned by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and Lommel SK was postponed as well.[25]

Fans began to lay flowers and football shirts outside the ground the next morning. Shirts and scarfs were also seen from other teams including West Ham United, Leicester City’s opponent in the match prior to the crash.[26] At the other Premier League football fixtures on Sunday, players wore black armbands, both for the crash victims and for Remembrance Day, though a few days earlier than Remembrance armbands are usually worn.[27]

On 30 October, Leicester City opened a book of condolence, with an online version also available. In the immediate aftermath of the accident, some buildings were floodlit in blue as a tribute to the victims. Bristol City’s stadium was one of the buildings lit, as was the England national stadium across many sports, Wembley.[28][29]

See also[edit]

  • Matthew Harding – Chelsea F.C. investor killed in a helicopter crash returning from a football match in October 1996


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  • External links[edit]

    • Civil Aviation Authority

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