The owner of Leicester City, Vichai Sirvaddhanaprabha, was on board his helicopter last night when it crashed just outside the King Power stadium.
The helicopter usually lands on the pitch after the game to transport Sirvaddhanaprabha and his family however around 8:30 pm last night it is believed to have crashed outside the stadium mere seconds after taking off.
The identities of all 5 people on board the helicopter have yet to be confirmed.
Dramatic pictures have been taken of the helicopter bursting into flames.
Eye witnesses have said they saw Leicester goal keeper Kasper Schmeichel try and make his way to the wreckage as well as members of staff crying nearby.
There was a sombre tone at the King Power this morning as hundreds of fans laid down tributes of flowers and scarves for their beloved owner.
The Thai billionaire bought Leicester City in 2010 while still in the Championship and has led the club from strength to strength.
After winning the Championship in 2013-14 the Foxes dramatically survived their first full season back in the Premier League despite being bottom of the table at Christmas.
The 2015-16 season was to be even more dramatic however as Leicester shocked the footballing world and won the Premier League as 5000/1 outsiders.
This is an achievement unparalleled in the modern game and given this was followed up with a Champions League quarter final appearance the next season it shows just how far Sirvaddhanaprabha has taken the club.
Sirvaddhanaprabha has also contributed tremendously to the community in Leicester and has donated £2million towards building a new children’s hospital in Leicester; £100,000 to the fund to rebury Richard III in 2015 and £23,000 to a fan who was raising money for research into MECP2 syndrome, his son’s rare genetic disorder.
The Leicester owner has also contributed £1 million to the University’s medical department.
There had been concerns that manager Claude Puel had been one of those on board the helicopter however today he has told Get French Football;
“I am fine, but dreadfully sad, it is a tragedy for the club.”
“All of my thoughts are with the victims and their families and I want reassure all the people who are concerned about me. I am distraught, but I am well.”
It was a dark day in football as a whole, with a Brighton fan being taken ill and dying shortly before their Premier League match yesterday as well as England legend Glenn Hoddle being rushed to hospital with a serious illness.
It has been reported that Hoddle has responded well to treatment.
Galaxy Press sends its condolences to anyone caught up in the tragic events of last night.