SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts

Leicester City: Report reveals cause of helicopter crash that killed club owner

The helicopter crash that killed Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in October was caused by a fa...

Posted: Dec 7, 2018 11:37 AM
Updated: Dec 7, 2018 11:37 AM

The helicopter crash that killed Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in October was caused by a faulty mechanism in the helicopter's tail rotor mechanism, causing the pilot to lose control of the aircraft, British investigators said.

Srivaddhanaprabha, 60, was one of five people on board the aircraft when it burst into flames after crashing in a parking lot next to King Power Stadium, where the team plays its home games. No one on board survived.

Accident investigations

Accidental fatalities


Accidents, disasters and safety


Aircraft accidents

Aviation and aerospace industry

Business and industry sectors

Business, economy and trade

Deaths and fatalities

Football (Soccer)



Leicester City FC

Premier League


Sports and recreation

Sports organizations and teams

In a report published Thursday, investigators announced they believed based on evidence recovered from the crash that the pilot lost control of the right yaw function of the helicopter after a piece of the tail rotor control mechanism became disconnected.

The report made no mention of foul play and said authorities are still probing the "initiating cause and exact sequence of the failure that resulted in the loss of tail rotor control."

Srivaddhanaprabha's death was a stunning blow to the club and its supporters, as Leicester City had had an extraordinary run of success under his ownership.

The Thai billionaire bought the club for $57 million in 2010 and it was promoted to the Premier League in 2014.

In 2016, the club achieved the once-unthinkable feat of winning the premiership. It went into the 2015-2016 season with odds of 5,000-1 to win but stunned fans, and bookmakers, by taking the title.

Along with handing fans their first top-flight title in the club's history, the businessman won over fans by handing out free beer, water and cupcakes, as well as scarves in cold weather.

Article Comments

Fort Wayne
28° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 21°
21° wxIcon
Hi: 28° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 21°
Broken Clouds
26° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 26°
28° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 21°
Van Wert
25° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 25°
Slightly Warmer Wednesday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events