Scotland Helicopter Crash: ‘Three dead’ At Clutha Pub

A firefighter inspects the damage at the site of the helicopter crash in Glasgow. Andrew Milligan/AP
A firefighter inspects the damage at the site of the helicopter crash in Glasgow. Andrew Milligan/AP

Three people have died after a police helicopter crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow. Scotland Police have confirmed one death but said they expected the final number of fatalities would be higher.

A rescue operation is continuing.

The crash happened at The Clutha in Stockwell Street at 22:25 GMT on Friday.

There were three people on board the helicopter – two officers and a civilian pilot. Thirty-two people have been taken to local hospitals.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond told a press conference it was a “black day for Scotland.”

As specialist search and rescue teams continued to probe the wreckage of The Clutha pub, Chief Constable Stephen House confirmed that overnight 32 people were taken by ambulance to hospitals in following the crash.

House said specialist teams are working to make sure everyone is recovered from the scene, where revelers were packed into the pub to hear a local ska band when the helicopter crashed through the roof.

Agencies

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