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A fire outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Kasper Schmeichel rushed to the scene of helicopter crash after Leicester vs West Ham

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The helicopter of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed outside the King Power Stadium following the Premier League game against West Ham United last night.

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

Leicestershire Police said: “Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident at the King Power Stadium, in Leicester, after an aircraft came down in a car park behind the ground earlier this evening.

“Officers are working alongside the ambulance service, Leicester Fire and Rescue Service, the Air Accident Investigation Branch and Leicester City Football Club to establish the exact circumstances of the collision.”

Srivaddhanaprabha leaves the stadium by his helicopter, which lands in the centre circle on the pitch, after every Leicester home game.

Srivaddhanaprabha, who owns the King Power company, bought Leicester in 2010 and became chairman the following February.

One witness told Sky News: “I hope they’re okay. Doesn’t seem like they have had much of a chance. Just burst into flames.”

Pete Ripley, associate director of operations at East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “We received a call at 8.38pm on 27 October to reports of a helicopter crash in the car park of King Power Stadium in Leicester.

“We have sent a doctor in a car, 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.

Helicopter Accident Outside King Power Stadium In Leicester

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

“We advise members of the public to stay away from the area while we deal with this incident.”

A Leicester City spokesman said: “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.”

However, it's one report coming from the Daily Mirror that pictures what one Leicester player actually did in the aftermath of the crash.

Leicester City v West Ham United - Premier League

Kasper Schmeichel, the Foxes' number one, reportedly rushed to the scene after hearing sirens and emergency vehicles around the stadium.

The Dane was then part of the shocked onlookers that witnessed the blazing fire and the remains of the crashed vehicle.

As of writing this, no further updates have been provided.

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