October 29, 2018 / 3:05 AM / a year ago

Leicester City crash was first accident of an AW169 helicopter

A helicopter belonging to Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is seen in the King Power Stadium before it crashed, in Leicester, Britain October 27, 2018 in this image taken from social media. Picture taken October 27, 2018. Harrison Gamble/via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Italian aerospace company Leonardo SpA said on Sunday it was ready to help an investigation into the crash of one of its AW169 helicopters at Leicester City soccer club on Saturday, adding that it was the first accident involving the aircraft.

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a Thai tycoon, was among five people on board the helicopter that crashed and then exploded after a Premier League match in the English city on Saturday, according to a source close to the club.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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