As it happened: Glasgow helicopter crash aftermath

Key points

  • Eight people died after a police helicopter hit the pub on Stockwell Street at around 22:25 GMT on Friday
  • All three crew in the helicopter died. They were police officers Tony Collins and Kirsty Nelis, and pilot David Traill
  • The other victim to be named was Gary Arthur, 48, from the Paisley area
  • A further 12 people were treated in hospital for serious injuries
  • A service was held at Glasgow Cathedral where prayers are offered for the Clutha crash victims
  • Emergency services are continuing their operation after a police helicopter crashed into the busy pub

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  • Sarah Bell 
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Last updated 1 December 2013


A recovery operation is into its second day at the site of the helicopter crash in Glasgow. Eight people are known to have been killed when the police aircraft crashed into the Clutha bar.


The three crew on board the police helicopter, and five more people inside the bar died. A further 14 people are being treated at hospitals in Glasgow.


Gary Arthur

One victim has been named by Police Scotland as Gary Arthur, 48, from the Paisley area.


Mr Arthur's daughter Chloe, 18, who has played for the Scotland and Celtic women's football teams, wrote on Twitter: "RIP dad. you'll always mean the world to me, I promise to do you proud, I love you with all my heart.

"Thanks to everyone who has tweeted me, text me etc, means so much, I have the most amazing friends ever."


Celtic women's manager David Haley said: "It is a tragedy that Chloe's father was one of eight innocent victims in this terrible accident - he was regularly seen at Celtic matches, watching his daughter.

"Chloe and her family have the full support of everyone at Celtic and across the women's game at this very sad time."


Clutha crash scene

Here's an image of firefighters working at the Clutha Vaults crash site this morning.


The Church of Scotland's Rev Dr Laurence Whitley, who is leading a service this morning at Glasgow Cathedral, said: "The main purpose of the service is for Glaswegians to come together and express their solidarity."


Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said people in Glasgow had shown great spirit in the face of a dreadful tragedy.

"These were the worst of circumstances on Friday night, but they have in some ways brought out the best of Glasgow. We saw people, when the helicopter crashed, not running away from a scene of potential danger, but running towards it to try to help people.

"We've also seen health service workers turn up at work, even when they are not on duty, wanting to help. There were queues outside the blood donor centre in Glasgow yesterday morning, everybody just wants to do something to help."

BREAKING Breaking News

It is being reported locally that two of the people killed in the crash are the helicopter's pilot David Traill and police officer Kirsty Nelis.


Rev Laurence Whitley

Rev Laurence Whitley, one of the chaplains who has been supporting the emergency workers at the scene, says they have been "extraordinarily brave and courageous," especially as they may have been dealing with people they had known for many years.

"Often the public just see the equipment, the gear, the uniforms, and there's something almost automatic about it, but we are all human and we all have feelings," he said.