Report: Glasgow crash recovery

Key points

  • Fire and rescue services remain at the Clutha bar in Glasgow where a police helicopter crashed killing at least nine people.
  • Twelve people - including three with serious injuries - remain in hospitals across the city following the accident at 22:30 on Friday.
  • Five of the nine dead are named - including the pilot, David Traill, and two police officers, Kirsty Nelis and Tony Collins.
  • Nine bodies have now been removed from the helicopter crash site, emergency services personnel tell the media.
  • Emergency services say that the investigation inside the pub will continue but they do not expect to find any more bodies.
  • The wreckage of the helicopter will undergo an investigation at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Farnborough.

Live text


  • Deirdre Kelly 
  • Catherine Lyst 
  • Marie Jackson 

Last updated 2 December 2013


Hello and welcome to further coverage of the Clutha bar helicopter crash. We now know that at least nine people have been killed following the incident in Glasgow on Friday evening.


The emergency services are continuing to work at the scene, on the banks of the Clyde. They say that it is possible more bodies could be found in the wreckage.

STANDARD Information

A number of the dead are named. They include;

  • Gary Arthur, 48, from Paisley, Renfrewshire
  • David Traill, 51, from Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
  • Kirsty Nelis, 36, from Inverkip, Renfrewshire
  • Tony Collins, 43
  • Samuel McGhee, 56, of Glasgow


Scotland's fire and rescue service say they have secured the helicopter which has enabled them to work more safely inside the bar. They hope to lift the fuselage of the aircraft later today.


@BillyMcDiarmid writes: My respects to those that have lost. My admiration for those that are supporting. #clutha


The family of Mark O'Prey fear he may be one of the victims still buried under the rubble. His father Ian and sister Louise spent much of Sunday at the crash site waiting for news.

Ms O'Prey told the BBC: "There is terrible things going through my head about what kind of state he's in and we want to get him back intact. We are pretty sure that he's gone but until I get that information we just don't know when that's going to be. I can't accept it until then. But there's still that glimmer of hope that they might bring people out alive, even though they are telling us that there is nobody in there alive."


@GavinLeeBBC writes: There's a lot more visible activity now on the roof of the #Clutha pub, as crews start to slowly lift the fuselage.

Clutha bar The Monday morning scene at the Clutha bar in Glasgow


The actor Colin McCredie, best known for his role in TV drama Taggart, is organising a concert to raise money for victims and their families. After posting his idea on Twitter, McCreadie began receiving offers from celebrities, businesses, and others wanting to help. Mr McCredie said the focus now should remain on recovery efforts, but that in time a benefit concert could serve as a positive outlet after such tragic events.


Scottish Fire and Rescue Service chaplain, The Reverend Gordon Armstrong, said: "It's just a very difficult situation. I haven't seen inside but just listening to the messages, it's just one of those situations we just can't speed up. It can only go at the pace of the experts and we need the experts in this situation."