A helicopter belonging to Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed in a ball of flames in a car park outside of the club’s grounds on Saturday evening.
Leicester police said on Sunday that enquiries into the crash were expected to continue over the coming days.
Leicestershire Police has issued a statement calling for “patience” and to “resist speculating”.
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“We understand there is a considerable amount of public and media interest into the helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium last night (Saturday 27 October),” the statement read.
“News of the crash, which happened in a car park near the stadium just after 8.30pm, has had an impact on many people and we appreciate there is a clear desire for updates and clarity around the circumstances.
“Leicestershire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service all responded to the incident last night and enquiries continue at the scene today (Sunday 28 October), led by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). These enquiries are expected to continue over the coming days.
Supporters were laying tributes to the Thai businessman on Sunday morning in a solemn atmosphere outside the King Power Stadium as they awaited further information on exactly what happened.
Srivaddhanaprabha has four children but it remains officially unconfirmed if any family members were on board the aircraft. It is known that Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester’s vice-chairman and Srivaddhanaprabha’s son, was not at the game and was not on board.
Sky Sports also reports that Leicester’s director of football John Rudkin was not aboard the helicopter and, contrary to some reports on Saturday night, manager Claude Puel was not either.
“It’s a tragedy for the club,” Puel told Radio France on Sunday. “I think very strongly about the victims and their families. I wanted to reassure everyone who cares about me, I’m terribly sad but I’m fine.”
Leicester icon Gary Linenker, who hosts BBC’s Saturday night Premier League highlights programme, expressed his devastation at the reports.
“That was the most difficult Match of the Day I’ve ever hosted,” the ex-England striker tweeted. “Thoughts are with everyone at Leicester City. A terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking.