The chairman and founder of the travel retail group King Power and Leicester City owner,Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is feared dead after his helicopter crashed on Saturday night outside of the King Power Stadium.
Leicester City have confirmed that they are assisting Leicestershire police following the crash and are expected to provide a more detailed update on Sunday.
witness as saying Vichai, and a group of other people boarded the blue helicopter from the centre-circle in the middle of the pitch once the stadium emptied after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
According to Reuters, a source claimed the club owner was among five people who were on board the aircraft, as well as a daughter of Vichai, two pilots and a fifth person whose identity was not immediately known.
However it has since emerged that Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s daughter is not believed to have been on board at the time of the crash.
The BBC is reporting that the owner, his daughter, two pilots and one other unknown person were in the helicopter at the time of the crash. No confirmation has been given of if anyone survived the incident.
Srivaddhanaprabha and his son Aiyawatt purchased Leicester in 2010 for £39 million ($50m) when the club was plying its traded in the Championship, England’s second tier.
Srivaddhanaprabha is married to Aimon and they had four children together: Voramas, Apichet, Arunroong and Aiyawatt
Vichai Raksriaksorn is born in Bangkok on April 4, 1958, he has become one of the richest businessmen in Thailand, with Forbes magazine ranking him the country’s fifth-richest man in 2018 with a worth of $4.9 million (£3.8m). He is the 388th richest billionaire in the world.
His name was changed from Raksriaksorn to Srivaddhanaprabha in 2012 after it was bestowed upon the family by former King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej. The name means ‘light of progressive glory’.