Leicester City issue statement after club owner's helicopter crashes outside stadium explodes into flames
The helicopter of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has crashed outside the King Power Stadium following the Premier League game against West Ham.
The incident occurred in the club's car park, where police cars and emergency services rushed towards an area where flames were clearly visible before the area was evacuated.
Leicestershire Police said: "We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing."
Srivaddhanaprabha leaves the stadium by his helicopter, which lands in the centre circle on the pitch, after every Leicester home game.
Dreadful news regarding the helicopter crash and ensuing fire outside Leicester City's King Power Stadium.— Dave Roberts ( Burnleystats ) ⚽🎙📈 (@DLRbrts) October 27, 2018
🙏 that the occupants somehow are OK
Pictures from Sky Sports News pic.twitter.com/Ox2mnRRcuf
The Leicester City owner's helicopter has crashed at the KingPower car park. No news on casualities or who was in the helicopter. @mrjakehumphrey has all the latest. #PLTonight pic.twitter.com/mrIKVr7mEC— eir Sport (@eirSport) October 27, 2018
Srivaddhanaprabha, who owns the King Power company, bought Leicester in 2010 and became chairman the following February.
Leicestershire Police confirmed emergency services were dealing with an incident near the King Power Stadium, but have not provided any further details.
A Leicester City spokesman said: “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.”— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 27, 2018
One witness told Sky News: "I hope they're okay. Doesn't seem like they have had much of a chance. Just burst into flames."
East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust tweeted: "We are also in attendance and will update when possible."
Witnesses told Sky Sports News the helicopter took off from the pitch but lost control within a few seconds and crashed the club's staff car park.
One fan told Sky News the owner and his family have done so much for the club.
He said: "They have conducted themselves so well, they have put everything into us. They have made us champions. You cannot ask for more from your owners."
It is not known who was in the helicopter when it crashed nor what conditions they are in. It is also not clear whether anyone on the ground was affected.
Leicester City footballers Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire both tweeted praying hands emojis.