Leicester's Vice-Chairman And Director Of Football Not On Board Helicopter At Time Of Crash
Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin were not on board the helicopter that crashed earlier today, according to Sky sources.
BeIN SPORTS' Ben Jacobs has spoken to the club and provided an update via Twitter.
"Spoken to King Power, who will release a statement tomorrow," he said. "LCFC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board the eight-seater helicopter to London.
"Failure, upon take off, resulted in a fire prior to a crash in the car park. No news on casualties. Prayers with LCFC family."
Sky Sources: @LCFC vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and Director of Football Jon Rudkin were not on board helicopter at time of crash.
The latest developments after a helicopter crashes outside @LCFC's King Power Stadium: https://t.co/0hRX0qV7mx
- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) 27 October 2018
Spoken to King Power, who will release a statement tomorrow. #LCFC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on-board the eight-seater helicopter to London. Failure, upon take off, resulted in a fire prior to a crash in the car park. No news on casualties. Prayers with #LCFC family
- Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) 27 October 2018
The incident occurred after Leicester's 1-1 draw to West Ham United.
The Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was leaving the King Power Stadium via a private helicopter when it crashed into the stadium's car park.
One witness told Sky Sports: "[My nephew] saw this helicopter out of control, then drop within a second and burst into flames. He was so upset -- we're all thinking about the owners here and what they've done for the football club. It's awful, you can't believe it."
Leicestershire Police said at the time: "We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing."
A spokesman for Leicester City has since added: "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."
Theres a major incident by the King Power Stadium. Emergency services attending. pic.twitter.com/GtAbo6AHpD
- Mr Geoff Peters (@mrgeoffpeters) 27 October 2018
Helicopter belonging to the chairman of Leicester City has crashed outside the club's stadium. No news yet as to who was on board. pic.twitter.com/lHjX6NqUUb
- Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) 27 October 2018
- Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) 27 October 2018
- Jamie Vardy (@vardy7) 27 October 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in the helicopter accident at Leicester City. :pray:
- Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) 27 October 2018
SPORTbible would like to send out its deepest condolences to Leicester City FC and all those who have been affected by this tragedy.
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