What we know so far about Leicester helicopter crash

Leicester City's King Power Stadium

Leicester City will reportedly seek to postpone Tuesday's EFL Cup tie with Everton following the helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

The aircraft came down in a vehicle park near the King Power stadium shortly after 19:30 GMT, about an hour after the end of Leicester City's game against West Ham United, police said.

Leicester City has officially confirmed Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was on board at the time of the accident and died along with 4 other people including the pilots.

Leicestershire Police confirmed last night that five people died when a helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.

Players fans and the footballing community have been paying their respects to the Leicester City owner who is credited with turning around the fortunes of the club. "It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the Club that is now his legacy".

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said he was "totally devastated and heartbroken" by the news and added: "It is hard to put into words how much you have meant to this football club and to the city of Leicester".

It added: "Everyone at the Club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this hard time". "While formal identification has not yet taken place, they are believed to be Leicester City Football Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz", the police said in statement.

The tragedy is being described as the "darkest day" in Leicester City's history, and mourners began laying wreaths near the stadium on Sunday morning.

- Four other people were on board the helicopter, none of whom survived.

"The AAIB is now leading an investigation to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the crash and investigators will remain at the scene to complete their initial enquiries". A small candle was placed in front of the flowers as people gathered at the stadium.

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One fan left a card of a fox with their flowers which read: "Thinking of you all".

He said on Twitter: "Vichai was a generous man, who gave so much to Leicester in so many ways, including millions of pounds to charity, but he also gave hope, and delivered a seemingly impossible sporting dream".

Under his ownership, Leicester won the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says inspectors "will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire".

The maker of the helicopter, Italian aerospace company Leonardo SpA, said it was ready to help the investigation.

The football world has come together in the wake of Saturday's helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium.

The incident occurred in the club's auto park, where police cars and emergency services rushed towards an area where flames were visible before the area was evacuated.

"We are now working with our colleagues in Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service at the scene".

Simon Cole, Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, praised the impact Mr Srivaddhanaprabha had on Leicester as a city, as well as the football club.

"We have sent a doctor in a vehicle, two paramedics in ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team, with the first resource arriving within two minutes of the call".

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