Reports: Leicester owner’s helicopter crashes outside stadium

Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

UPDATE: 5:49 p.m. ET — Leicester City released the following brief statement: “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.”

The helicopter of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has reportedly crashed shortly after taking off from the King Power Stadium following the Foxes’ 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Saturday.

Srivaddhanaprabha leaves every home game he attends via helicopter, which lands on the field after the King Power stands have emptied. Srivaddhanaprabha purchased the club in August 2010.

Former Leicester striker, and current television analyst, Gary Lineker tweeted the first report. Many other major news outlets in the UK have followed suit.

Leicestershire Police confirmed they were “dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium.”