News update: Death toll rises to 8 in Glasgow helicopter crash

November 30, 2013 | By | Reply More

Nov 30, – Scottish police have said eight people have been killed in the helicopter crash at a Glasgow pub. Officials have said all three aboard the helicopter were killed along with five people found inside the building.

hromedia News update Death toll rises to 8 in Glasgow helicopter crash eu news2The area surrounding the Clutha pub was cordoned off through Saturday, which is St. Andrew’s Day, a national holiday in Scotland, while emergency services kept working to stabilize the building and search through the wreckage.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House confirmed that the two police officers and civilian pilot aboard the police service helicopter, a Eurocopter EC135 T2, were killed along with five people inside the pub. He also said 14 people remain seriously injured in Glasgow hospitals.

He told reporters the rescue mission was complex and ongoing and would not be quick. “We are dealing with a very sensitive investigation and operation here. It will go on for many days yet,” he said, also commending the courage of the people of Glasgow “who, heedless for their own safety, took action last night at the time of the incident, and the many acts of kindness we’ve seen since.”

On Saturday morning, police had warned the death toll from the Friday night incident was expected to rise. Through the day, people laid flowers near the pub and flags were flown at half-mast.

Footage from the scene showed the aircraft had crashed into the pub, on the north bank of the River Clyde in the city center. The crash happened at 10:25 p.m. local time on Friday night (1025 UTC).

Witnesses told British media that the helicopter came down on the pub “like a stone” but there was no explosion or fire. More than 100 people were reported to have been inside the building at the time, watching a concert by a local band.

Local member of parliament Jim Murphy, who was driving past when the crash happened, told the BBC he got out of his car to try and help people.

“Everyone formed a chain of people from inside the pub to outside, and the fire brigade and everyone were here very quickly,” Murphy said.

Press coordinator for HRO media – Norberto Lluch contributed to this report.

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