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Death Toll Climbs After Police Helicopter Crashes Into A Scottish Pub
By Daniel Baxter

November 30, 2013 - Death toll climbs to eight when a Scottish police twin-engine Eurocopter EC135 T2 crashed onto a packed Glasgow pub while patrons gathered for drinks and watched a live concert on Friday night. 

The police helicopter was on a nightly patrol when it crashed into the roof of Clutha Pub killing its civilian pilot and two police officers. The crammed pub had attracted over 100 people for the concert, 14 people were injured and hospitalized with serious injuries. 

At the time of the crash, patrons thought somehow the crashing sound and sparks were part of the show, until they realized the roof was caving in on them. The pub quickly filled up with smoke with debris falling all around them. 


One customer has said "There was no bang, no explosion, and then there was what seemed like smoke, and we were all joking that the band had made the roof come down”. On Saturday, as the Eurocopter remained in the middle of the building, rescue workers searched for the dead and survivors. Witnesses reported just before the crash the police helicopter spiraled down, dropping from the sky like a brick. 

Scotland’s Police Chief, Constable Stephen House said "We are still in a rescue and recovery situation, until the helicopter is out of the way we won't know what is going on underneath." On Saturday First Minister Alex Salmond said "this is a black day for Glasgow and for Scotland," as this was Saint Andrew's Day.

This is a day in which the Scottish people celebrate Saint Andrew, a patron saint which is celebrated on November 30th. Saint Andrew's Day it is Scotland’s official national day. Celebrations in Glasgow were canceled as flags were flown at half-mast on government buildings. A special mass was held at Glasgow's Roman Catholic cathedral.



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