Ministerial statement: Helicopter Tragedy in Glasgow


First Minister Alex Salmond expressed his and the chamber's deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured in the Glasgow helicopter tragedy.

Mr Salmond said: "I know that the whole of the Chamber will wish to join me in expressing our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured."

He confirmed the Scottish government would match Glasgow City Council's contribution to a fund for affected families, during a ministerial statement on the tragedy on 3 December 2013.

Nine people died when a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha pub in Stockwell Street in the city on Friday evening.

The first minister told the chamber that the bodies of those people who died were being released to their families.

The victims include those crewing the helicopter - pilot David Traill and PCs Kirsty Nelis and Tony Collins.

Six people in the bar also died - Robert Jenkins, Mark O'Prey, Colin Gibson, John McGarrigle, Samuel McGhee and Gary Arthur.

The first minister said a full police investigation, under the direction of the Crown Office, had begun.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is conducting its own inquiries to determine the cause of the crash.

Mr Salmond said: "Friday was a black day for Glasgow and for Scotland, but we can take heart in the exemplary response of our emergency services, and in how people responded to adversity.

"We have all been inspired by the instinctive courage of ordinary Glaswegians in coming to the aid of their fellow citizens in a time of need."

He went on to say: "I wish to place on record my gratitude to each and every organisation and individual, who has stepped forward so selflessly to help others."

"As we mourn those who have died, we can also reflect on the compassion, sympathy and solidarity demonstrated in recent days - throughout Scotland and beyond. That should be a source of pride and comfort for all of us, even in sorrow and adversity."

Opposition party leaders and SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin Sandra White, in whose constituency the crash took place, all added their condolences and praise for the emergency services and the people of Glasgow.

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