It’s been confirmed that Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people on board the helicopter that crashed outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
The helicopter fell from a height of roughly 200 feet down into a car park outside the ground and burst into flames, with shocking images of the accident quickly filtering through on social media.
Details were initially vague, but Sky News have since confirmed (via Reuters) that Srivaddhanaprabha was on board at the time. Nothing has been confirmed yet but it’s unlikely there were any survivors.
Sky Sources: Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people on board the helicopter which crashed outside the King Power Stadium
— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) 28 October 2018
Sky have since confirmed that Srivaddhanaprabha’s daughter and two pilots were also on board, along with a fifth unidentified person.
It was also speculated that manager Claude Puel could have been in the helicopter, but the Frenchman has confirmed that not to be the case:
It is a tragedy for the club. All of my thoughts are with the victims and their families and I want reassure all the people who are concerned about me.
I am distraught, but I am well.
Leicester fans have already offered their sympathies by laying flowers, shirts and scarves outside the ground.
It’s looking increasingly bleak, but we’re still praying for all involved.