How BT Sport dealt with Leicester helicopter crash live on air


It’s been an awful weekend for Premier League football.

First, Glenn Hoddle was taken seriously ill whilst working for BT Sport.

On his 61st birthday, he was rushed to hospital and we await further news.

Then, following Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, disaster struck.

Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crashed and burned just seconds after leaving the King Power pitch.

It’s been confirmed by the BBC that Srivaddhanaprabha was in the helicopter at the time, although we don’t know who else was on board - or if anyone survived.

We pray that, somehow, people survived but judging by the horrific images, it seems unlikely.


But you’ve got to give credit for the way BT Sport handled everything that happened on Saturday.

Hoddle was appearing on the channel when he was taken ill and they subsequently cancelled their BT Score show.

They returned live from Leicester to cover the Premier League fixture, with Jake Humphrey presenting.

As usual, they saw Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter leave the pitch at full-time and pundits Owen Hargreaves, Chris Sutton and John Harrison discussed it.

Then, after returning from an advert break, Humphrey had to break the horrific news.

It must have been so difficult for Humphrey who had no information about what had happened.

A video is also circulating that appears to be the sound of the helicopter crashing outside the stadium:

Take a look at how Humphrey broke the developing news live on air:

You’ve got to give him an enormous amount of credit for his professionalism.

"Things have taken a very sad turn in the last few moments,” Humphrey began.

"Obviously it's been a very difficult day already because we had the news this morning that our great friend and colleague Glen Hoddle was taken ill.

"We've just seen the Leicester City owner's helicopter take off from the centre circle here at Leicester City.

"It's something that is a very regular feature for us. We often sit here after the games and see the helicopter take off, make remarks about owning a football club and flying in a helicopter.

"However, it's suddenly got very serious because the helicopter that took off from here just about five minutes ago whilst we were live on air... has crashed.

"It's crashed in the club car park just outside the window here. We were on air, we heard a commotion.

"No news on casualties, no news on who was in the helicopter, nothing's been confirmed."

The stadium was then evacuated and the show ended prematurely.

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