Leicester helicopter crash wreckage clearance begins outside King Power Stadium

A crane moves part of the wreckage from the helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 1, 2018. Leicester Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Image: Work began on clearing the helicopter wreckage on Thursday

Work has begun to clear the wreckage left by the helicopter crash outside Leicester City's King Power Stadium that claimed the lives of five, including the club's owner.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who bought Leicester in 2010, owned the helicopter and was one of the five individuals travelling when it crashed to the ground shortly after taking off from the King Power pitch on Saturday.

The Thai businessman had been at the stadium to witness Leicester's draw with West Ham United. It was announced a day later that he had been killed in the crash.

File Photo: A helicopter belonging to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ahead of a Premier League match at the King Power Stadium in September 2017
Image: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the King Power pitch

It is still unclear what caused the helicopter to crash. The wreckage had remained in place until Thursday when clearance work began.

A crane moves part of the wreckage from the helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 1, 2018. Leicester Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Image: It is still not clear what caused the crash

Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral will begin in Bangkok on Saturday and could last for several days.

Leicester's midweek Carabao Cup fixture against Southampton was due to take place this week, but was postponed until the end of the month as a mark of respect.

Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Image: Fans, players and family members have been paying their respects to Srivaddhanaprabha outside the stadium

As a result, the Foxes' first match since the tragedy will be away to Cardiff City on Saturday.

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Srivaddhanaprabha oversaw the greatest triumph in Leicester's history when they won the Premier League in 2016 - just two years after being promoted from the Championship.

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