The owner of English Premier League side Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has been confirmed as being onboard a helicopter that crashed near the club’s stadium late Saturday.
Vichai had attended the club’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, and was leaving the grounds his usual way, via helicopter, when the crash occurred.
News of the crash exploded online on Saturday around 9pm, and initially it was unknown who was on board and whether any of them had survived the crash.
Initial reports claimed Vishai had died but as at this moment that has not been confirmed. It has only been confirmed that he was onboard.
A source told the Reuters that Vishai was onboard at the time of the crash. Also onboard with him was his daughter, two pilots and a fifth person whose identity is yet to be confirmed.
The helicopter had just cleared the stadium after take off when it crashed into a nearby car park.
“The engine stopped and I turned round and it made a bit of a whirring noise, like a grinding noise,” Freelance photographer Ryan Brown, who was at the game, told BBC Radio Leicester.
“The helicopter just went silent, I turned round and it was just spinning, out of control. And then there was a big bang and then [a] big fireball.”
Thai billonaire Vichai purchased Leicester City in 2010, and led them from the lower divisions to their improbable run to winning the Premier League title in 2016.