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

     
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    0102:

    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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    0103:

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

     
  4.  
    The scene at the clutha
     
  5.  
    0110:

    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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    0115:

    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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    0119:

    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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    0125:

    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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    0127:

    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."

     
  10.  
    0131:

    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."

     
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    0137:

    Claire Morris, who lives near the Clutha bar, earlier told BBC News: "We heard this bang. We didn't really know what had happened and then we heard people coming out and screaming. I wasn't sure whether there had been an explosion. My daughter said to me it was a helicopter that had hit the roof. It was just a bang, my daughter said it was like a firework explosion, something like that. There doesn't appear to be a fire."

     
  12.  
    0138:

    Grace MacLean, who was inside the pub at the time of the crash, told BBC News: "There was a ska band on in the pub just at the back and it was fairly busy. We were all just having a nice time and then there was like a 'whoosh' noise - there was no bang, there was no explosion - and then there was some smoke, what seemed like smoke. The band were laughing and we were all joking that the band had made the roof come down. They carried on playing and then it started to come down more and someone started screaming and then the whole pub just filled with dust. You couldn't see anything, you couldn't breathe."

     
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    0139:

    Grace Maclean said: "It was a real testament to the people of Glasgow, everyone in that pub was shouting 'here's the door', they were helping each other out."

     
  14.  
    0140:

    A message on the band's Facebook page read: "Thanks for all the messages. I've just spoken to Jake and Jason. It seems that the band are all OK. Not so sure about everyone else."

     
  15.  
    0141:

    Eyewitness Grace Maclean said: "I don't know if anyone is trapped in there but there wasn't anyone screaming for someone."

     
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    0142:

    First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Our thoughts are with everyone involved with the incident in Glasgow," he said. "The emergency services were on the scene within minutes, the rescue efforts are still in full operation and the Scottish Government's resilience operation is now mobilised."

     
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    0144:

    Brendan Riordan, who was inside the pub at the time of the crash, told BBC News it had been "packed". He said: "It was quite hard to move in there with the amount of people enjoying the gig." He said he heard "a very loud bang" before a cloud of dust filled the pub. "I was on the right side of the pub where the band were performing and the right side of the pub, if you look at the pictures which have come out now, you will notice that the right side of the pub did not collapse. It was more the central bit and the left side."

     
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    0145:

    Mr Riordan said: "After I exited the pub I saw people coming out covered in blood and covered in dust. There were people quite desperate and just before I left the inside of the pub I noticed that the ceiling had fallen towards the bar. People were not aware that a helicopter had crash-landed on the pub."

     
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    0146:

    The helicopter involved was a Eurocopter EC135 T2. The aircraft, Police Scotland's SP 99, is seen daily in Glasgow, taking off and landing from a heli pad on the north bank of the river Clyde. Its dark blue and yellow paintwork, as well as the POLICE insignia made it clearly identifiable.

     
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    0147:

    The Eurocopter EC 135 T2 is a twin-engine civilian helicopter which is widely used by police and ambulance services in the UK and around the world. In 2002, a police Eurocopter EC-135 came down in a field in Ayrshire. All three people on board survived. In 1990, a police sergeant was killed when a Bell Jet 206 helicopter crashed in bad weather at Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire.

     
  21.  
    0148:
    cluitha scene Firefighters are searching the roof of the bar where the helicopter landed
     
  22.  
    Linda Lou- Hanna from Govanhill, Glasgow

    The helicopter was flying above our house in Govanhill earlier, with a spotlight on the railway.

     
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    clutha scene
     
  24.  
    0156:

    Graeme Campbell, who lives near the crash scene, told BBC news: "I was in my bedroom playing some X-box, just relaxing and then I heard the sound. I really don't know how I would describe it. It was like a helicopter falling out of the sky, basically. I heard this loud bang. Initially I thought it was a car crash or something. A few minutes later I moved to living room and I could see all the emergency services. It was quite surreal."

     
  25.  

    Graeme Campbell said the Clutha was a busy pub at the weekend. He said: "There is a lot of live music. It is quite a small pub and it is split up into two sections. It is quite low ceilings. It is not big at all."

     
  26.  
    Andrew Kerr BBC News

    "The police have set up quite a wide cordon around the area. This is a major incident for the city of Glasgow. It happened at 22:25 when the pub was at its busiest. The customers who have come out said they heard a whoosh noise and suddenly there was dust and debris covering the pub. We have been hearing from Jim Murphy, the Labour MP who stepped into help that people formed a human chain to get people out."

     
  27.  
    0206: Andrew Kerr BBC News

    "I live nearby and actually heard the helicopter overhead just around that time and there was a definite change in the rotor noise and then there was just silence. I thought nothing more of it until I heard the sirens. The actual Police Scotland helicopter SP99 is based just two miles west along the River Clyde. It is well-known for the people of Glasgow to see, covering things like football matches in the city."

     
  28.  
    0210: Andrew Kerr BBC News

    "The crash happened at 22:25 but there is not much official information at the moment. We have had one limited statement which said there were three people on board the helicopter, two police officers and a civilian pilot. But nothing yet about the injuries in the pub. First Minister Alex Salmond said given the extent of the crash we should prepare for fatalities."

     
  29.  
    0215:

    Police Scotland are expected to make a new statement at a media conference at 02:30

     
  30.  
    02:20:
    Firefighters at the scene of the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow.
     
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    0222:

    Glasgow City Council's resilience operation is also under way. A spokesman said: "The council's resilience team is at the scene and is currently supporting the police and emergency services. We will continue to offer whatever support we can." The council also issued advice about road closures via Twitter. "All roads leading to the junction of Clyde Street, Stockwell Street, Bridgegate and the Victoria Bridge are closed - please avoid," the statement said.

     
  32.  
    0223:

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said rescue efforts at the pub are continuing. Their response includes a specialist urban search and rescue crew.

     
  33.  
    Ryan from Glasgow

    A relative of mine is a fire fighter on the scene. He's inside the pub which is being cleared bit by bit. He said people are trapped but they cant "rush" in case they cause more injuries, so it is slow progress at the moment.

     
  34.  
    0231:

    Helicopter operator Bond Air Services said: "Bond Air Services can confirm that a police service helicopter was involved in an accident earlier this evening in Glasgow city centre. The police have declared a major incident after the Eurocopter EC135 T2 - with a crew of three consisting of two police officers and a pilot - came down on the roof of a pub in Stockwell Street at 10.25pm."

     
  35.  
    0233:

    Bond Air Services said it was working with Police Scotland and the emergency services who responded immediately and remain at the scene at the present time.

     
  36.  
    RECAP 0234:

    A police helicopter has crashed into the roof of The Clutha bar in Glasgow's Stockwell Street at 22:25.

    Police Scotland confirmed that two police officers and a civilian pilot were on board the Eurocopter EC135 T2 which crashed into the pub.

    There were about 120 people in the pub and there have been a number of casualties but it is unknown if anyone has died.

    A media conference will be held by the police shortly

     
  37.  
    0240: James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    "I think it is quite clear that there must be some people still inside, because the nature of the operation that we are seeing here with specialist ambulance teams trained in rescue and specialist fire service teams. The difficult question is whether anyone is still alive inside. Bt that must be the question they have at the forefront of their minds."

     
  38.  
    0243: James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    "It must be very difficult to get in and get to the situation when you can there is still the rotor blade of a helicopter sticking out of the top of a pub. It is quite a grotesque and bizarre scene."

     
  39.  
    0251:

    This from community police officer who works for POLICE SCOTLAND via twitter: "If you're out in Glasgow 2night- phone home - let loved ones know u r safe & reduce the demand on emergency services control rooms #Clutha"

     
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    Police Scotland to hold a media conference in the next few minutes

     
  41.  
    0253:

    Police Scotland's Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick is making a statement. There are a number of casualties but it is too early to provide more details.

     
  42.  
    0254:

    Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay of Scottish Fire and Rescue said he was in the process of making the building stable. It is very unsafe. It is difficult to tell how many people are trapped inside. "We have had some contact and we are working away to make sure the building is safe and we are working away to get people out."

     
  43.  
    Edward Waltham, a retired fire officer from Glasgow

    I was 50 yards from Clutha Bar, heading into it when I heard an explosion and looked up to see rising smoke cloud. My friend had headed to the pub ahead of me so I knew he was in there. Both of us retired after 30 years in the fire service so I knew right away it was a serious situation. I ran to the front door and helped clear casualties from the totally collapsed left side of the doorway. There were many injured people. I phoned emergency services and reported a major incident. My friend was rescued from the left window. He is badly injured in the Victoria Hospital. Ironically, I was in charge of the initial fire service attendance at a helicopter crash at Eastwood Toll 24 years ago. I'm lucky to be alive tonight. One minute earlier and I would have been in there.

     
  44.  
    0258:

    Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, of Scottish Fire and Rescue, said: "We have 125 firefighters here and they are not only working outside the perimeter of the building, they have been inside. They have been in the cellar and they have been on the roof. We are in this building and we are carrying out rescues and we are working really hard."

     
  45.  
    0301:

    Fire officer Ramsay said: "There was a number of casualties removed at the start of the incident and they have been taken to hospital. Numerous, I am unsure how many. You can imagine the condition they were in."

     
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    0303:

    Fire officer Ramsay said: "This is a methodical search and methodical rescue operation. What we don't want to do is worsen the environment for casualties that are in the building or for the rescuers that are there."

     
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    0306:

    Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: "Firstly, my thoughts tonight are with those who have been affected by this terrible incident and those who have responded so professionally in such difficult circumstances.

    "At 10.25pm yesterday evening, the Police Scotland helicopter - a Eurocopter EC135 T2 - came down on the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub in Stockwell Street, Glasgow.

    "There were three people on board - two police officers and a civilian pilot. There were a number of customers inside the bar at the time."

     
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    0307:

    Deputy Chief Constable Fitzpatrick said: "It is too early at this stage to provide any details around why the helicopter came down. I can confirm there are a number of casualties but it is too early at this stage to provide further details. We will provide further updates at the appropriate time."

     
  49.  
    RECAP 0309:
    • The Police Scotland helicopter - a Eurocopter EC135 T2 - came down on the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub in Stockwell Street in Glasgow at 22:25. There were three people on board.
    • Eyewitnesses said there were 120 in the pub
    • Police have said there were "a number of casualties" but it was too early to provide details
    • The fire service said there were people trapped in the building but they could not say how many.
    • The building is unsafe and the rescue is continuing "methodically".
     
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    0317:
    Eddie Waltham was 50 yards from stepping into The Clutha when helicopter crashed into it. He helped with the rescue. Eddie Waltham was 50 yards from stepping into The Clutha when helicopter crashed into it. He helped with the rescue.
     
  51.  
    0320: James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    "Lewis Ramsay from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they have had contact with people inside the Clutha Vaults pub. The implication I took from what he was saying was that he had had vocal contact. He also confirmed that firefighters were working, not just on the roof, but in the cellar. They are inside the building. A very precarious and dangerous situation, he said."

     
  52.  
    0326:

    A telephone number for members of the public who are concerned about relatives who may have been involved in the Glasgow helicopter crash has been established.

    The Police Scotland Casualty Bureau number - 0800 092 0410 - is now live.

    Callers should ONLY contact the Casualty Bureau number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident.

     
  53.  
    0354:
    Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Rupert Morris of the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow. Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Rupert Morris of the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow.
     
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    0406:

    The BBC's James Shaw said: "This is an urgent rescue situation. The fire service have told us there are people still trapped inside that building. They have said they have spoken to some of them so they know some of them are still alive. They have not been able to give us any idea of how many people are still trapped or even how many have escaped. Although they have said that is a significant number."

     
  55.  
    Colin Horn
    People waiting by the Clutha bar

    Colin Horn posted this picture via Instagram with the message: People waiting next to the Clutha. RIP all the souls tonight. #glasgow #helicopter #accident #clutha

     
  56.  
    0407:

    The BBC's James Shaw said it was always the case in situations like this that the authorities needed to be absolutely sure in their facts and they also need to contact the families of casualties before they release those details into the public domain." So it is difficult for us to say anything about what may have happened to the three people in the helicopter but even more than that the fate of people inside the pub itself."

     
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    0410:

    The BBC's James Shaw said: "I spoke to one man earlier on who did not want to be interviewed on camera but he was saying he believed his father was still inside the building. That may well be the case with a lot of other families."

     
  58.  
    RECAP 0413:
    • A police helicopter has crashed on to the roof of the crowded Clutha pub on the banks of the River Clyde in the centre of Glasgow
    • Police Scotland said two of its officers and a civilian pilot were on board but it could not confirm any details of injuries
    • It is thought about 120 people were in the pub at the time of the crash
    • Eyewitnesses described seeing the helicopter falling like a stone from the sky
    • Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said given an incident of this scale we must prepare ourselves for fatalities
    • The Police Scotland Casualty Bureau number - 0800 092 0410 - is now live.
    • Callers should ONLY contact the Casualty Bureau number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident.
    • Police have said there were "a number of casualties" but it was too early to provide details
    • The fire service said there were people trapped in the building but they could not say how many
    • The building is unsafe and the rescue is continuing "methodically".
     
  59.  
    0422:

    Edward Waltham was close to the pub when the crash happened. He told BBC News: "I was heading into the pub to meet a friend who went just a few minutes before me and unfortunately was in the pub when the incident happened and I was making my way along to meet him. I was only 50 metres away when I heard the explosion which stopped me in my tracks. When I looked up there was a very obvious cloud of smoke and I could see it was coming from the Clutha pub. At that point I just ran towards the pub."

     
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    0427:

    Mr Waltham told BBC News: "I had absolutely no idea it was a helicopter. I thought it was a gas explosion. I ran across the road, knowing my friend was inside, and when I got to the front of the pub there was two doors and there appeared to a lot of people making their way out of the right-hand door. There were women screaming. It was obvious something serious was going on in there. I made my way to the left door and when I got there, there were a number of casualties half in and half out of the entrance. It is a very busy part of the bar. When you just go inside the door of the Clutha, there is only a distance of about 2ft between the bar and that front door and it is quite often very full of people. But all I could see at the front of the door was a wall of debris."

     
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    0433:

    Mr Waltham said: "All that was obvious to me was a wall of rubble. It's rubble that appears to have come from above and completely covered the front door. Lots of people were trying to get hold of anybody who was within reach in there. I found myself helping to drag out casualties from there. We tried to get people away from the front of the entrance and try to establish their injuries."

     
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    0438:

    Mr Waltham said the Clutha bar and the nearby Scotia were very well-known and well-attended live music pubs. He said: "On a Friday night it is always busy. This Friday night it was particularly busy as I have found out from my friend who was injured inside the pub." His friend is being treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries at the Victoria Infirmary in the south side of Glasgow.

     
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    0442:

    Mr Waltham said: "My friend Douglas has told me from the hospital that he was an extremely lucky person that a roof joist came down and hit him and pushed him towards the window which is at the left side of the left door. He says it was close to him being underneath that roof joist. Both of us are retired fire officers and I identified myself and told them Douglas was in there and the fire officers immediately smashed the front window and him and some others were taken out of that front window. But the situation beyond that front window would appear to be that on the left-hand side of it there was a major collapse."

     
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    0448:

    John McGarrigle, 38, fears for the safety of his father, also John McGarrigle, 59, who was in the pub last night. He was waiting at the police cordon near the pub hoping for news. He said: "I think he was in there when it crashed. I've checked every hospital and there's no sign of him. I'm very anxious. I'm just going to stand here till I see casualties come out of the building."

     
  65.  
    0452:

    Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "This is a very testing time for Glasgow, but the city has responded with typical courage and compassion. My thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this tragic incident and with the emergency services who are still working at the scene in incredibly challenging circumstances. I have been in contact with staff throughout the night as they have responded to support the public and emergency services. It is obviously a difficult time for everyone involved and the council will continue to offer any support it can in the coming hours and days."

     
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    0516:

    The BBC's James Shaw said: "This building has partially-collapsed. It is unstable. It is unsafe and we have heard from the fire and rescue service they need to make it safe before they can effect rescues."

     
  67.  
    0520:

    The BBC's James Shaw said: "We know that there are people alive inside the Clutha. The fire service said earlier that they were speaking to people."

     
  68.  
    0522:

    The BBC's James Shaw said: "We are told 125 firefighters are still involved in this operation and they are determined to get people out of this building as soon as possible."

     
  69.  
    0542:

    @policescotland tweets: Thanks for all the supportive tweets and messages tonight - we'll get updates to you as we have them #PSHelicopter

     
  70.  
    0600:

    BBC correspondent Laura Bicker said: "Specialist teams are now trying to get into the building with dogs to try to search for missing casualties."

     
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    The BBC's Laura Bicker said: "Around me are people who are concerned their relatives are still trapped inside."

     
  72.  
    0611:

    The BBC's Laura Bicker said: "We have had no update on casualties. The fire service have said there are numerous casualties and they have been speaking to people within the building. Within the past hour a barrier has gone up and a major operation is under way to try to free anyone trapped inside."

     
  73.  
    0629: James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Emergency services are erecting barriers around the Clutha bar and members of an urban rescue team have arrived with sniffer dogs.

    It is still not known how many people might be trapped inside the pub.

     
  74.  
    0630:

    Here's a quick recap of the situation for people just waking up. A police helicopter crashed into a busy pub called the Clutha on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow at 22:25 on Friday.

     
  75.  
    0631:

    Police Scotland confirmed there were three people on board the helicopter - two officers and a civilian pilot.

    There have been "numerous" casualties but police have not confirmed whether anyone has died. It is not known how many people are still trapped inside the pub.

     
  76.  
    0633:

    For a full report on the current situation at the scene on Stockwell Street, read our news story here.

     
  77.  
    0637:
    Rescue workers at the scene of the Clutha bar

    Rescue workers have been using a crane to examine the scene from above. For more images of the scene take a look at our picture gallery here.

     
  78.  
    0642:

    Vic Emery, chairman of the Scottish Police Authority, said his thoughts, and those of all in the authority, were with the relatives of all those affected by the "very serious" incident.

    "The police and all the emergency services are working hard to help everyone involved and I am very grateful to them for their professionalism and compassion," he said.

     
  79.  
    0644:
    Map of the area

    Here's a map showing where the crash happened at a pub in the centre of Glasgow.

     
  80.  
    Lynn Tulloch in Grangemouth

    Tweets: Waking to the news of the helicopter crash at the Clutha, my thoughts are with those involved

     
  81.  
    0649:
    Jim Murphy

    One of the eyewitnesses to the crash was Labour MP Jim Murphy, who was in the area at the time of the crash and said he ran into the pub to help before the emergency services arrived on the scene.

    He told the BBC: "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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    0649:

    Mr Murphy, who is the shadow international development minister, said it was a "horrific scene". He added: "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."

     
  83.  
    0650:

    For more eyewitness accounts from the scene, read our report here.

     
  84.  
    Laura Bicker Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Horrible scenes here in Glasgow. I'm standing beside a family who believe their father still trapped inside. #Clutha

     
  85.  
    Rebecca Gray Reporter, Glasgow Evening Times

    tweets: GCC leader Gordon Matheson: "This is a testing time for Glasgow, but the city has responded with typical courage and compassion." #Clutha

     
  86.  
    0704:

    Earlier, First Minister Alex Salmond warned that the nation must be prepared for the likelihood of fatalities.

    He said the Scottish Government's resilience operation has been mobilised.

    "Our thoughts are with everyone involved with the incident in Glasgow," he said.

     
  87.  
    0706:

    The Police Scotland helicopter involved in the crash was a Eurocopter EC135 T2. BBC Scotland reporter Andrew Kerr said Police Scotland helicopter SP99 was based just two miles west along the River Clyde.

    "It is well-known for the people of Glasgow to see, covering things like football matches in the city," he said.

     
  88.  
    0709:
    Ambulance crews at the crash scene

    Some of the injured were taken to a nearby Holiday Inn Express, while more serious casualties were being treated in hospital.

    As he left the Accident and Emergency Department of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, a member of staff who did not want to be interviewed was asked how serious the injuries were. He replied: "Very".

     
  89.  
    0711:

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has released a statement saying its its well-rehearsed major emergency arrangements have been enacted and its hospitals were immediately placed on stand-by to receive casualties.

    "Our staff, both on site and in our hospitals, have worked closely with other emergency services to respond to this tragic situation," the statement says.

     
  90.  
    0712:

    The statement adds that casualties have been taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Western Infirmary and the Victoria Infirmary.

     
  91.  
    0716:

    Witnesses say the pub was very popular and would have been busy on a Friday night. Fraser Gibson, 34, says he estimates there were around 120 people inside the pub. "A lot of people managed to get out straight away, but it was hard to tell how many were actually trapped in the other half of the bar," he told the BBC.

     
  92.  
    0718:

    Police Scotland have set up a number which is 0800 092 0410. They said callers should only contact the Casualty Bureau number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident.

     
  93.  
    0720:

    They have also asked people who were out last night in Glasgow to contact their friends and family to reduce the demand on control rooms.

     
  94.  
    0725:
    Rescue workers

    A senior fire officer has said they had made contact with some people trapped inside the pub but the building was unsafe and they were taking a "methodical" approach to the rescue.

    Assistant chief officer Lewis Ramsay said earlier: "We have got 125 firefighters here and they are not only working outside the perimeter of the building, they are working inside. They have been in the cellar, they have been on the roof."

     
  95.  
    0730:

    Gordon Smart, editor of the Scottish Sun, told the BBC: "It's a terrible, terrible thing for Glasgow - it looked to me like there would have been significant casualties from the speed the helicopter fell from the sky.

    "The sight of a helicopter falling from the sky will never leave me."

     
  96.  
    Mark Cullen

    tweets: It's UK's 3rd largest city. Yet everyone knows the helicopter, the local area, the pub and someone who drinks there. #LoveGlasgow #Clutha

     
  97.  
    Scottish Police Federation

    tweets: Many families waking up this morning fearing worst & police family amongst them Many thanks 4 messages of support from across world #Clutha

     
  98.  
    0747:

    Edward Waltham tells the BBC he was 50 yards away when he heard the "massive explosion," which was the impact of the helicopter hitting the pub, then saw a cloud of smoke.

    "There were numerous people pulling people out - doing their best to grab anyone - I helped grab a couple of people. One man covered in dust had very shallow breathing and appeared to be very badly injured," he says.

    "The time it took me to run 50, 60 yards, quite a number of people had run out of the right hand side of the bar - the side where the band plays - it was the left hand side of the bar that suffered the damage."

     
  99.  
    0751: Breaking News

    Thirty-two people have been taken to hospitals across Glasgow following the incident, Police Scotland say.

     
  100.  
    0753:

    A statement says the site has been contained and a full police investigation has begun under the direction of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

    It adds that the Air Accident Investigation Branch is also carrying out an investigation.

     
  101.  
    0754:

    Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick says in a statement: "Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this incident and we are continuing work with our colleagues in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service to recover people from the scene."

     
  102.  
    0755:

    Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick adds: "A full investigation is now under way, however, at this early stage it is too early to provide details on why the helicopter came down. There were three people on board the helicopter - two police officers and a civilian pilot and on a busy Friday night, there were a number of customers in the bar.

    "We are working hard to recover people still inside the building and we will make further details available when we have them."

     
  103.  
    Del

    tweets: There couldn't have been many worse nights for the #Clutha to have happened. The no of times we went & to busy to get through door on a Fri

     
  104.  
    0800:
    Scene around the Clutha bar in Glasgow

    This image shows some of the emergency crews on the scene in Glasgow overnight.

     
  105.  
    0808:
    The scene in Glasgow

    Rescue workers are continuing to work at the scene, as light dawns over Glasgow.

     
  106.  
    Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales

    tweets: Our thoughts are with all those affected by the helicopter tragedy in Glasgow, especially @policescotland colleagues #policefamily

     
  107.  
    Mike Gernoth, Berlin, Germany

    emails: So sad for my beloved Glasgow. Crossing my fingers for all at The Clutha, especially the people still trapped inside. May all the Gods help the rescue services to get them out alive.

     
  108.  
    0827:

    Here's a quick recap for people just coming to the news from Glasgow this morning. Police Scotland say 32 people have been rescued from the Clutha bar after a police helicopter crashed into the pub on Stockwell Street at 22.25 on Friday. Emergency services are still working to rescue people from the scene.

     
  109.  
    0839:

    The Police Scotland helicopter was based at Glasgow City Heliport near the SECC complex - around two miles from where it crashed.

    The Eurocopter EC135 is one of the most popular helicopters in use across the world for policing and air ambulance flights, and provide roughly 25% of air ambulance flights across the world.

     
  110.  
    0848:

    Wesley Shearer, who was inside the pub at the time, described the initial rescue attempts at the Clutha.

    "I tried my best to help pull a few people out from the other side of the pub who were trapped but there were other people there who were risking their lives to help those in need," he told BBC Breakfast.

    "A chain was sort of formed to pass casualties back after pulling bits of beams and wood out of the rubble - there was beams and wood everywhere and at that point we just started pulling people out, there were other people further inside the pub passing people out to us."

     
  111.  
    London Fire Brigade

    tweets: Our thoughts today are with our emergency service colleagues and everyone else affected by last night's awful helicopter crash in Glasgow.

     
  112.  
    0850:

    The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) have confirmed that they have deployed a team to the crash site in Glasgow.

     
  113.  
    Breaking News

    The BBC has been told that at least three people died in last night's helicopter crash in Glasgow.

     
  114.  
    0853:

    BBC Scotland correspondent James Cook says a source close to the investigation said the final number would almost certainly be higher.

     
  115.  
    0902:

    Watch Laura Bicker's latest report from the scene in Glasgow.

     
  116.  
    0904:

    Stu Cahill, a former police helicopter pilot and instructor, says he thinks the accident must have been caused by a catastrophic failure of an aircraft system.

    He told the BBC: "The blades are intact so it must have had a very low Nr (rotor speed). The pilot must have been looking to put the helicopter down on the nearest flat spot."

     
  117.  
    Gordon Smart Editor, the Scottish Sun

    tweets: The more I hear, the prouder I am to be Scottish. Emergency services and revellers working shoulder-to-shoulder saving lives

     
  118.  
    Nicola Sturgeon Deputy First Minister

    tweets Scotland waking up to the saddest of St Andrew's days. Thoughts with all those still at the scene of this awful tragedy

     
  119.  
    0930:
    Herald front page

    The later editions of the Scottish newspapers are covering the crash on their front pages. The Herald has the headline "Carnage after helicopter crashes through roof of packed pub".

     
  120.  
    Ellen Cross, London

    tweets: A sad start to St Andrews Day for those in Scotland #clutha

     
  121.  
    Bond Aviation UK's leading operator of emergency helicopters

    tweets: Our thoughts are with those affected by last night's tragic accident in #Glasgow city centre. #Clutha

     
  122.  
    0924:

    Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, reflected on the response of people in the area before the emergency services arrived.

    "People who were in the pub, the people who were in the streets and who just helped out their fellow human beings who were out having a good time. It's Glasgow at its best you know, if people are in need the spontaneous response is to go to their help," he said.

    "And I want to pay great tribute to that and I'm very proud as leader of the city that that was the reaction... it doesn't surprise me."

     
  123.  
    Emily McCulloch, Southampton

    tweets: On this #StAndrewsDay thoughts are with those who lost their lives or are still trapped in #Clutha after the helicopter crash. Alba gu brĂ th

     
  124.  
    0929:
    Scottish Daily Mail frontpage

    The Scottish Daily Mail has an inset of a police helicopter of the type involved in the crash

     
  125.  
    0931:
    Clutha scene

    A tarpaulin now covers the wreckage of the helicopter on the roof of the Clutha pub, while barriers surround the scene on Stockwell Street.

     
  126.  
    0933:
    The Scotsman frontpage

    The Scotsman's front page carries a picture of the wrecked helicopter on the pub's roof.

     
  127.  
    0935:
    Scottish Sun frontpage

    The Scottish Sun reports six people are feared dead. At this stage the BBC understands three people died after the helicopter came down on the roof of the Clutha pub in Glasgow.

     
  128.  
    Stephen Sullivan, Glasgow

    tweets: Dreadful news about the #Clutha, a great, friendly wee pub, and one of my dad's favourites. Thoughts and prayers with everyone involved.

     
  129.  
    0946:

    We're expecting a news conference in the next hour which is expected to include statements from First Minister Alex Salmond and representatives from the Scottish Fire Service and Police Scotland.

     
  130.  
    0951:

    The band who were playing at the time of the crash, Esperanza, have released a statement on their Facebook page.

    Bassist Jess writes: "Waking up and realising that it is all definitely horribly real. Despite the situation everyone was so helpful and caring of each other. The police, ambulances, firefighters all did a stellar job and continue to do so today in extremely difficult conditions.

    "Our biggest concern is that everyone is found and can get the care and help they need."

     
  131.  
    Halina Rifai, Glasgow

    tweets: A very sombre St. Andrews morning in Glasgow. Thoughts go out to all those involved at the #Clutha. All very surreal.

     
  132.  
    0955:
    Firefighters on roof

    Here's another image of the scene this morning, as firefighters cover the wreckage with a tarpaulin.

     
  133.  
    Val McDermid Crime writer

    tweets: By chance, I'm in Glasgow. Shocked and stunned by Clutha Bar tragedy - one of my former stomping grounds. Sympathy to all caught up in it.

     
  134.  
    Lorraine Kelly TV presenter

    tweets: What an appalling tragedy in Glasgow. Thoughts with them all.

     
  135.  
    1004: Laura Bicker Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    People are still thought to be in the building and firefighters are searching the wreckage for survivors. But it is thought this effort is moving into recovery rather than rescue.

     
  136.  
    1007:

    Michael Emans says he was heading back to his office when he saw something hit the pub, but could not see what it was in the dark.

    He told the BBC: "Everyone was helping each other, there was a great sense of community about what was going on.

    "People were in shock but there was a calmness. The emergency services were fast and were all there in numbers and were on it."

     
  137.  
    1009:

    Mr Emans adds there was a variety of injuries at the scene - he saw some people who were bloodied, others were standing in aluminium blankets with soot on their faces.

     
  138.  
    1011:

    Mr Emans adds: "Glasgow has such great spirit - people will be in shock but it's a strong city, but like last night, the resilience was there."

     
  139.  
    Glasgow SNP

    tweets: We'd like to extend our sympathies to all those affected by the tragedy at the Clutha Vaults. Admiration & gratitude to emergency services.

     
  140.  
    1016:

    Chief Constable Sir Stephen House expresses the deep sorrow within Police Scotland and says the force's thoughts are with the people involved.

     
  141.  
    Breaking News

    Sir Stephen confirms one fatality but says he expects that number to increase. He adds that it is a "difficult and sensitive operation".

     
  142.  
    1018:

    Sir Stephen says he would like to recognise the efforts of the emergency services and the public in Glasgow who responded "magnificently".

     
  143.  
    1019:

    First Minister Alex Salmond says his condolences go to those who will be bereaved and solidarity with those who have been injured.

     
  144.  
    1020:

    Mr Salmond adds: "This is a black day for Glasgow and Scotland but it is also St Andrew's Day and we can take pride in how we respond to adversity. The response from our emergency services and citizens has been exemplary."

     
  145.  
    1021:

    Gordon Matheson, the leader of Glasgow City Council, echoes Mr Salmond in paying tribute to those who "instinctively" went to help. He says it showed "Glasgow at its best".

     
  146.  
    1022:

    Deputy Chief Officer Alex Clark of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service says the service responded very quickly and will remain on site in the best way they possibly can until the operation is completed.

     
  147.  
    1023:

    Sir Stephen says the police "can't say definitively" whether people are still inside the pub. He says "we are still in a search and recovery" phase.

     
  148.  
    1024:

    Sir Stephen says "our prayers are that it is successful and we recover people alive".

     
  149.  
    1025:

    Sir Stephen adds: "It's been emotional but it's the job of everyone here to deal with it and we will continue to deal with it."

     
  150.  
    1031:

    UK pilots' union Balpa says in a statement that while there will be understandable questions on why the accident happened, "it is our experience that speculation about causes is often wide of the mark".

    It adds: "The work of the UK's world-leading Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) will be painstaking and reveal what has happened. From that knowledge we can then as an industry look at what needs to happen to reduce the risk of a repeat."

     
  151.  
    1041:
    Eurocopter EC135 Police Scotland helicopter

    Here's a library picture of the Eurocopter EC-135 operated for Police Scotland by Bond Helicopters. The aircraft began service in 1996 and there are now around 1,000 in operation.

    The type is used around the world by the police and emergency services, with 15 Eurocopter EC-135s (T2 and P2 variants) operated by the National Police Air Service in England and Wales and one by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

     
  152.  
    Jennie Macfie

    tweets: What's unsurprising about the sad, awful #Clutha accident is that everyone rushed to help, without a second thought. Dear green place.

     
  153.  
    1106:
    Anas Sarwar

    Anas Sarwar, Labour MP for Glasgow Central says it's a tragic day for Scotland. "Our thoughts and prayers go to those involved but a huge thanks to the passers-by and the emergency services. It speaks to the human decency and human kindness that people didn't run away from the scene but to the scene to help their fellow Glaswegian."

     
  154.  
    1106:

    Mr Sarwar adds: "There's an eerie feeling down here. I drive past that [bar] hundreds of times a year, to see it cordoned off, it just brings sadness."

     
  155.  
    1109:

    Labour Ed Miliband said the accident was an "unimaginable horror" and all of his thoughts and condolences were with those who had been bereaved and injured. He says the people of Glasgow were very strong and had show great courage and calm in their actions last night.

     
  156.  
    1110:

    Mr Miliband says he has been in touch with Labour MP Jim Murphy who "showed great presence of mind" to help the injured. He adds: "British people reacted in the way we would expect - to help each other."

     
  157.  
    1120:

    A post from St Andrew's Cathedral on the Facebook page of the Clutha Bar says Archbishop Tartaglia will offer Mass at 13:00 GMT in the cathedral, remembering those who have died in the tragedy at the Clutha last night, as well as the injured and the bereaved, and the emergency services and members of the public engaged in the rescue effort

     
  158.  
    Rangers FC Official

    tweets: A minute's silence will be observed prior to kick off today as a mark of respect for those affected by last night's helicopter crash.

     
  159.  
    1121:
    Emergency services

    Firefighters are systematically searching the building.

     
  160.  
    Mark Coyle

    tweets: My daughter has a Saturday job in a florist's in Glasgow. They've already made three tributes this morning. How very sad. #Clutha

     
  161.  
    Scottish Away Days

    tweets: A minute's silence will be observed at all Scottish Cup ties today after Clutha Vaults helicopter crash. Thoughts go out to all the victims.

     
  162.  
    1131:
    William Burns

    William Byrne, 45, was in the bar last night and said it was more difficult than he had expected to return to the scene this morning.

    Describing what happened he said: "We were in the pub for a good night, the band was on, it was fine, really good atmosphere. There was a huge bang and there was a couple of seconds after it when it was still, really quiet, and then the other side of the pub, the roof, the gantry all collapsed in on itself. It was unbelievable."

     
  163.  
    1138:

    Mr Byrne said after the initial shock people calmly filed out. One side of the pub was relatively unscathed, but he says he can only imagine that the other side was full of debris as the roof had fallen in. "It was just surreal, what was happening". The emergency responders "were a credit to themselves, outstanding," he adds.

     
  164.  
    1140:

    Mr Byrne says he and his brother went back into the pub as they were told people might still be trapped. "We were lifting the gantry thing up, it was lying on top of one of the chaps, so we were lifting that up and trying to pull him out, and I believe people were getting pulled out behind me. There was another chap who was lying underneath that chap - he, I do hope he's ok. He got passed out, but seemed more injured than the first guy."

     
  165.  
    1150:

    On returning to the site, Mr Byrne says, "it's difficult, very, very difficult. People died in there, that's baffling and shocking and shouldn't happen. People go for a night out, work in a pub, people play in a band - you don't expect it, that shouldn't happen and it's a tragedy."

     
  166.  
    1158:

    The Right Reverend Lorna Hood, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said she is praying for people caught up in the crash.

    "Already stories of those caught up in a tragedy forming a human chain to help those trapped show the spirit of the people of Glasgow and their care for one and other," she said.

     
  167.  
    Rebecca Gray Reporter, Glasgow Evening Times

    tweets: #Glasgow cancels St Andrews events as flag flown at half-mast. #Clutha #helicoptercrash

     
  168.  
    1159:
    Clutha

    Here's another image of the scene, showing the huge number of emergency services in attendance.

     
  169.  
    At the scene 1208: Marianne Taylor BBC News

    It is strange to walk through Argyle Street to the scene and see so many people doing their Christmas shopping just a few hundred yards away. The King Street car park near to the pub is full and buses are passing just 100 yards from the cordon.

    There is no debris on our side of the cordon - it's hard to believe what has happened just a few yards away. We can see the blue and green tarpaulins on top of the roof of the pub, but there is no activity there.

    A pack of around 40 journalists and photographers are taking statements from eyewitnesses and waiting for news.

     
  170.  
    1209:

    What do we know about the helicopter involved and its safety record? Here's our brief run through of some of the facts, figures and recent history of the Eurocopter EC-135 - used by the majority of police forces in the UK.

     
  171.  
    1219:

    BBC News transport correspondent Richard Westcott says pilots "like" the EC-135 and had no prior safety fears. Twin engine failures are very rare, our correspondent adds. The EC-135 has two engines but can fly on one.

     
  172.  
    1224:

    Rev Gordon Armstrong, Church of Scotland chaplain to the Fire and Rescue service who was on the scene after the crash, said: "For the emergency services it was personal too as some of their own were among the casualties. You could see from their physical demeanour how they felt. There was a sense of there but for the grace of God go any of us.

    "The devastation was confined to the pub probably because in his last few seconds the pilot managed to switch off the engines and the fuel supply. There was no explosion, no fireball, no devastation in the street. It was bad but it could have been a bigger disaster."

     
  173.  
    Andrew Dickson, Presenter on Rangers TV

    tweets: Impeccable minute's silence to pay respect to those affected by last night's tragic helicopter crash. Thoughts with everyone #Clutha

     
  174.  
    1231:

    First Minister Alex Salmond has instructed that Saltire and Lion Rampant flags outside Scottish government and Historic Scotland buildings will fly at half-mast this weekend as a mark of respect.

     
  175.  

    The BBC's transport correspondent Richard Wescott tweets: "#GlasgowCrash my understanding is they don't have a black box. But investigators can analyse computer systems to check what engines were doing."

     
  176.  
    1238:

    Glasgow City Council cancels official St Andrew's Day events. A spokesman said: "While emergency services continue in their efforts at The Clutha, we have decided to cancel this afternoon's St Andrew's Day celebrations on George Square as a mark of respect."

     
  177.  
    1240:
    Paul Watt

    Clutha regular Paul Watt, seen here reacting to the latest developments from the police cordon, was working on Friday evening so hadn't gone to the pub.

     
  178.  
    1246:

    Glasgow City Council has opened a family reception centre at 40 John Street, assisting public and relatives, Police Scotland say.

     
  179.  
    1300:

    Prime Minister David Cameron comments: "This is a tragic event and our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends who lost a loved one last night. I want to thank the emergency services who worked tirelessly throughout the night and I also want pay tribute to the bravery of the ordinary Glaswegians who rushed to help. We have offered the Scottish government our support in any way."

     
  180.  
  181.  
    1302:

    Trossachs Search and Rescue team have said their dogs and personnel have completed their search of site on behalf of the fire service.

     
  182.  
    1327:
    Glasgow city centre

    Here's a wider shot showing the crash site in the foreground, with Glasgow city centre behind.

     
  183.  
    1328:
    St Andrew's Cathedral

    Prayers are being said at a special service at St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow.

     
  184.  
    1334:

    The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, said he was distressed by the incident, which happened just a few hundred yards from the city's cathedral.

    "My heart goes out to all those who have been affected by this tragic accident. Prayers will be offered for everyone, especially for those who have died, for the injured and for the bereaved," he said.

    Priests from the parish were on hand last night during the rescue to help the injured and relatives.

     
  185.  
    1339:

    Irish Republic Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore also extended his sympathy to everyone affected by the helicopter crash.

    "My thoughts are also with the emergency and ambulance services who are still working to free those who remain trapped in the building, in difficult conditions," said Mr Gilmore, who is also foreign affairs minister.

    "At this stage we have no reports of any Irish citizens being involved but our Consulate General in Edinburgh is working with the local authorities and offering any assistance they can provide."

     
  186.  
    1345:
    Minute's silence

    A minute's silence was held ahead of the match between Rangers and Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium.

     
  187.  
    1348:

    East Renfrewshire Labour MP Jim Murphy, who was at the scene of the crash last night, has released a statement.

    "Today my thoughts are with those who are affected by the Glasgow helicopter crash as well as the emergency staff who responded so quickly, bravely and brilliantly and who are still at the scene," he said.

    "Last night people did what is the human instinct and helped out until the emergency crews arrived. I did little in comparison to others who did much more at the scene."

     
  188.  
    Christina McKelvie SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse

    tweets: it's a pub full of song writers, poets, musicians, philosophers, intellectuals and ordinary amazing working class folk. #Clutha

     
  189.  
    First Minister Alex Salmond

    tweets: We take pride & courage in how we respond to adversity & tragedy. Response from emergency services and ordinary citizens has been exemplar

     
  190.  
    1419:

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said he shared Scotland's deep shock at the events. "The news of fatalities and injuries in this incident casts a dark shadow over the whole country today.

    "The ongoing efforts of our emergency services are first rate and show the bravery and professionalism of our responders. The public's response, both at the time and in the aftermath, has been overwhelming.

    "My thoughts are with the bereaved and all those affected by this terrible incident."

     
  191.  
    1429:

    Around 250 people attended the special service at St Andrews Cathedral, including Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson and Margaret Curran MP.

    The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia led the service. He told worshipers: "We pray for those who have lost their lives, who are injured, the bereaved, and the emergency services and members of the public.

    "We pray for our city of Glasgow, which is in mourning today."

     
  192.  
    1432:

    Ronnie Convery, spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland, said: "We have a mass here every Saturday at 1pm, but given that we're only 200m away it seemed obvious that we should make this service a special one for those who have died, were injured and are still working to save lives.

    "It is important to remember that while prayers are being said there are people just a few metres away, clawing through the rubble."

     
  193.  
    1437:
    Rescue workers

    Rescue workers are still on the scene.

     
  194.  
    1443:
    Flowers

    People have been leaving flowers outside the hotel opposite the bar.

     
  195.  
    1445:
    Crowd

    Members of the media and the public watch the rescue mission from behind a cordon.

     
  196.  
    1459:

    Church of Scotland chaplain Rev Gordon Armstrong is one of those on hand to offer support to members of the emergency services. "It's a traumatic time and people are responding to situations they don't have answers to. When you realise how difficult and grave the situation could have been, there's a sense of relief as well when you think what could have happened if the aircraft had exploded.

    "The poignant moment was about 3-4am when in the midst of all of this there was a silence, you had groups of professionals standing around very much in silence, which is quite eerie, but that is when you stop and reflect."

     
  197.  
    1506:

    David Gleave, an aviation safety expert, described how the investigation into the crash would get under way. "The official notification will have been sent down to Farnborough for the Air Accident Investigation Branch. They will then send a team of different inspectors up to the site and recover the wreckage back to Farnborough.

    "From there the manufacturer of the helicopter will be contacted and their stake representative will be invited to join the investigation. And then all the records will be looked at, any eyewitness reports, cameras, CCTV pictures."

     
  198.  
    1507:

    Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said the organisation's thoughts were also with the people who had been affected. "The police family will particularly want to praise the emergency services in Glasgow who responded quickly and have worked through the night to respond to this tragic event, as well as the members of the public who came to the aid of those in need."

     
  199.  
    1532:
    scene

    This wider shot shows rescue workers near the scene on Stockwell Road. We expect a further update from the authorities within the hour.

     
  200.  
    1556:

    At the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, the Scottish, Union and EU flags are all flying at half-mast, Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick said.

     
  201.  
    1558:

    Ms Marwick, who has sent her sympathy on behalf of the Scottish Parliament to all those affected, instructed that the flags at Holyrood be lowered this weekend.

    "Our grateful thanks go to the emergency services from all over Scotland for their efforts and to the people of Glasgow who, with no thought for themselves, helped many to safety and comfort," she said.

     
  202.  
    Breaking News

    The number of dead from the Glasgow helicopter crash has risen to eight, Police Scotland have said.

     
  203.  
    Breaking News

    Three of the eight dead were found within the helicopter, said police, while five others died inside the building.

     
  204.  
    1602:

    Fourteen people remain in Glasgow hospitals with serious injuries, Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House says.

     
  205.  
    1603:

    Sir Stephen House commends the courage of the people of Glasgow and says the investigation "will go on for many days yet".

     
  206.  
    1604:

    Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the thoughts of the whole of Scotland are with the families of the victims.

     
  207.  
    1605:

    Ms Sturgeon thanks the emergency services for their work "in an extremely sensitive and complex accident site".

     
  208.  
    1607:

    Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said his staff have volunteered to help round the clock to help in the aftermath of the crash.

     
  209.  
    Breaking News

    The Queen has said her thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the police helicopter crash in Glasgow.

     
  210.  
    1610:

    Gary Hardacre from the Scottish Ambulance Service says getting into the pub to gain access to the victims was difficult.

     
  211.  
    1613:

    Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said "you can imagine the terror of the situation" when the helicopter came through the building. The aircraft is "sitting in the middle of the building" and the operation was still about "rescue and recovery", he said. He added the authorities do not know if people are still in the building.

     
  212.  
    1618:

    Sir Stephen House of Police Scotland emphasised the situation at the Clutha is "complex and ongoing" and will "not be a quick operation".

    He said the scene was "dangerous".

     
  213.  
    1621:

    Sir Stephen also thanked the Holiday Inn Express hotel near to the crash site which is providing food and shelter to rescue staff.

     
  214.  
    1625:

    Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said confirmation of eight deaths was something "everybody had been both dreading and expecting".

    Of the victims' families, she said: "It is impossible to imagine the grief and loss they are experiencing but they should know that the thoughts and prayers of everyone across the city and across Scotland are with them at this unimaginably difficult time."

     
  215.  
    1628:

    More from Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said: "Police Scotland are not just dealing with a very complex incident, they're also dealing with the loss of colleagues, which makes this situation all the more difficult for them."

     
  216.  
    1632:

    Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said he was grateful to council staff who "without any consideration to themselves have volunteered to come out and are working around the clock to do everything that they can to help in these circumstances."

     
  217.  
    1638:

    Mr Matheson said he was "proud of the people of Glasgow".

    "When there is trouble and people need assistance, the people of Glasgow head towards those situations. The motto of the city of Glasgow, the branding is 'people make Glasgow' and that was at no time better demonstrated than last night and in the period since."

     
  218.  
    1642:

    A minute's silence is to be held for the victims of the crash at tonight's ice hockey match between Braehead Clan and Edinburgh Capitals at the arena, which is near Glasgow.

     
  219.  
    1648:

    Alistair Hay, Scotland's chief fire officer tells reporters: "Nobody expects on a Friday night for a helicopter to come down on top of a pub where people are socialising and relaxing a month before Christmas, and it really is a heartfelt thanks to everybody that got involved last night to assist their fellow citizens."

     
  220.  
    1649:

    The Salvation Army tells the BBC it has been providing support and refreshments to rescue workers at the crash site.

     
  221.  
    1651:

    Chief Fire Officer Alistair Hay emphasises it is a "challenging, a very complex and a very difficult rescue situation".

     
  222.  
    1655:

    Dr Jennifer Armstrong, medical director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, is expected to make a statement at 17:30 GMT.

     
  223.  
    1703:

    Tonight's BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Japanese Masters concert performance has been cancelled out of respect for everyone affected. A spokesman said: "We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, but we hope very much that you will understand the reason for our decision."

     
  224.  
    1711:

    Scottish Conservative leader and Glasgow MSP Ruth Davidson expresses her sympathies to those affected. She adds: "This was a dreadful day for Glasgow, but Glaswegians stood tall, bravely and selflessly helping others. Everybody in Glasgow is hurting today."

     
  225.  
    1722:

    Crash eyewitness Ian Kelly tells the BBC it didn't seem feasible that a helicopter had hit the roof. "Unfortunately it was all too true," he said.

     
  226.  
    1722:

    Mr Kelly said there was no panic or stampede when the helicopter hit, adding: "People's instinct was to help."

     
  227.  
    1731:

    The crashed EC-135's maker Eurocopter says in a statement: "Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and the teams and individuals involved in the rescue operations." It is sending a team of investigators to Glasgow to join the probe led by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

     
  228.  
    1735:

    Dr Jennifer Armstrong, medical director for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, says those treated after the crash suffered chest and head injuries as well as fractures.

     
  229.  
    1736:

    Dr Armstrong says there are 14 patients in Glasgow hospitals with serious injuries.

     
  230.  
    1737:

    Dr Armstrong adds that 18 people have been treated for injuries and discharged.

     
  231.  
    1739:

    Sense of 'utter disbelief' - BBC Scotland's Marianne Taylor reports from the scene.

     
  232.  
    1751:

    Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack salutes the "astonishing flexibility" of firefighters, adding: "Firefighters plan and train for a range of emergency incidents far wider than just fires. This incident is drawing on a range of skills and specialist teams that have been developed in recent years."

     
  233.  
    The Church of Scotland

    tweets: Prayers will be said and candles lit for those affected by the crash. 11 am Glasgow Cathedral.

     
  234.  
    1813:

    A special, half-hour edition of BBC Reporting Scotland is on air now.

     
  235.  
    1818:

    The BBC's Julie Peacock, who is at the scene, says the recovery operation continues.

     
  236.  
    1819:

    The Clutha Bar posts on its official Facebook page: "Our thanks go out to all the goodwill messages and prayers for those who tragically lost their lives in the accident last night. An event beyond comprehension and belief. The customers who could showed the true spirit of Glasgow along with all the emergency services. Our heartfelt sorrow to all of the families of those who perished."

     
  237.  
    1829:

    Brian Murphy, from the Royal College of Nursing, tells the BBC some people have been treated for "long bone injuries", such as broken arms and legs.

     
  238.  
    1831:

    Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the response from the emergency services and others to the incident has been overwhelming.

     
  239.  
    1834:

    Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson tells the BBC the city's motto, "People make Glasgow", sums up perfectly those who went to help at the crash scene.

     
  240.  
    1836:

    BBC reporter Julie Peacock, at the crash scene, says the chances of finding anyone else alive are slim, but adds that the emergency services are still very much treating this as a rescue operation.

     
  241.  
    Liam Hanlon

    Tweets: Scottish people are actually sound. The way people helped makes you proud and gives you a nice feeling about ourselves #Clutha

     
  242.  
    1841:

    The BBC's reporter Julie Peacock, at the crash scene, reports police concerns that the operation is becoming more difficult.

     
  243.  
    1848:

    We're going to bring our live page coverage to and end for today. You can keep up with the latest developments in the story here.

     

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