As it happened: Glasgow helicopter crash

Key points

  • Eight people confirmed dead after a police helicopter crashed into the Clutha bar
  • 14 people being treated with "very serious injuries" in hospitals across the city, Police Scotland have said
  • It crashed into the bar on Stockwell Street on the banks of the River Clyde at 22:25 on Friday
  • The Eurocopter EC-135 T2 helicopter carried two police officers and a civilian pilot, who were all killed
  • A Casualty Bureau phone number - 0800 092 0410 - has been set up for concerned relatives
  • The Queen says her thoughts and prayers are with the victims

Live text

Reporting:

  • Sarah Bell 
  • Rob Corp 
  • Keith Moore 
  • Andrew Black 

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Police Scotland confirmed that the service helicopter crashed earlier this evening in Glasgow city centre.

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A major incident has been declared after the Eurocopter EC135 T2 - with a crew of three consisting of two police officers and a civilian pilot - came down on the roof of a pub in Stockwell Street at 10.25pm.

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Emergency services responded immediately and remain at the scene at the present time.

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The scene at the clutha

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Eyewitnesses say there were about 120 people in the pub at the time of the crash. There have been no confirmed reports on casualties.

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BBC Scotland's James Cook says there are emergency services on the roof trying to rescue people from inside the pub. He says they are taking things "methodically" as they try to get people out safely.

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Jim Murphy, the Labour MP for East Renfrewshire, told the BBC news channel: "I was just a few yards away and I arrived on the scene outside the pub a few seconds after the impact. No-one knew what it was but you saw the pandemonium of the people trying to get out of the pub. It was almost like slow-motion. Like other people you just do what you can to help."

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Mr Murphy, who is the shadow international development minister, said it was a "horrific scene". He said: "As you stood there you could see the helicopter embedded in the roof and sticking out the top of the roof and you knew it was something really serious."

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Jim Murphy says he did not see the crash happen and it was all a bit of a blur for a few minutes before the emergency services arrived. He said: "People just formed a bit of human chain, side by side with each other, to help pull injured people out."

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There was no fire and no explosion when the helicopter hit the bar. Jim Murphy said: "The strange thing was that if you see a helicopter embedded in the roof of a building you imagine there is going to be an explosion, there is going to be flames, but there was no smoke and no fire."