Tragic and frightening news is developing in Leicester as City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter has crashed outside of the King Power stadium. It is reportedly unknown at this time who or how many were onboard at the time of the crash.
Sky Sports is reporting, however, that vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and Director of Football Jon Rudkin were not onboard.
Sky Sources: @LCFC vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and Director of Football Jon Rudkin were not on board helicopter at time of crash.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 27, 2018
The latest developments after a helicopter crashes outside @LCFC's King Power Stadium: https://t.co/0hRX0qV7mx
Theres a major incident by the King Power Stadium. Emergency services attending. pic.twitter.com/GtAbo6AHpD— Mr Geoff Peters (@mrgeoffpeters) October 27, 2018
The club has issued an official statement:
“We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the Emergency Services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium. The Club will issue a more detailed statement once further information has been established.”
The BBC has reported that the helicopter took off from the stadium following the match against West Ham, but lost control shortly after and crash landed in the lot outside. The fire has reportedly been extinguished.
The players have been showing their support on Twitter since the news broke.
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) October 27, 2018
— James Maddison (@Madders10) October 27, 2018
— Ndidi Wilfred (@Ndidi25) October 27, 2018
— Jamie Vardy (@vardy7) October 27, 2018
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with all who may be affected by this terrible tragedy.