Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester city owner, passed away on Saturday when his private helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium following the Premiere league match against West Ham.
Premiere League club wrote on its timeline on Sunday evening:
“It is with great despair and heartache that we confirm that our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is among those who tragically lost their lives on Saturday night when a helicopter who transported him and four other persons crashed outside the King Power Stadium. None of the five survived”.
Club also stated that Tuesday’s league match against Southampton has been postponed.
According to the reports of Sky News and Reuters on Sunday morning, Srivaddhanaprabha’s daughter must also be on board along with two pilots and one unidentified man. The identity of others is not confirmed.
The Helicopter took off after the match against West Ham, which ended with 1-1 draw. It is well known that the owner travels to and from the club’s home games by helicopter. The helicopter crashed outside the club’s stadium into a parking lot right after it was relieved.
“We assist the Leicestershire police and emergency services to handle a major event at the King Power Stadium. The club will come up with a statement once we’ve got more information, Leicester wrote on their web pages after the crash.
BBC commentator Ian Stringer poster on twitter on Sunday that people began to flower outside the stadium throughout the day.
According to the BBC, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel ran towards the parking a lot right after he heard about the crash to help.
Several of the players in the club, and other clubs, have gone out on Twitter and expressed that they are thinking about, and pray for, those involved in the accident.
The police in Leicester said in a press release that they broke out in connection with the accident. The same did the ambulance service, which should have been on the spot with a full device just two minutes after the helicopter went down.
– I saw everything. They had big problems and just managed to get over the arena before the helicopter began spinning and crashing, “said an eye witness to the Daily Mirror newspaper .
“I’ve heard that the Leicester owner’s helicopter crashed in the parking lot outside the stadium. It looks horrible, writes TV expert and former great player Gary Lineker on Twitter.