Northern Ireland

Glasgow helicopter crash: NI ministers send condolences

The scene of the helicopter crash in Glasgow
Image caption Three people inside the helicopter and five people inside The Clutha bar were killed after the Police Scotland aircraft came down on Friday night

Northern Ireland's leaders have sent a joint message of sympathy to the people of Scotland following a fatal helicopter crash in Glasgow.

Eight people have died after a police helicopter crashed into a busy pub in the city centre on Friday night. A further 14 have serious injuries.

The crash happened at about 22:30 GMT.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness expressed shock and sadness at the deaths and injuries.

Mr Robinson said: "I want to express my sorrow and sympathies to all those bereaved and injured in this tragic incident.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all those who have lost their lives and I hope those injured have a full and speedy recovery."

Mr McGuinness said: "I was shocked and saddened to learn of this devastating crash and my prayers and thoughts are with the people of Scotland today.

"I want to offer my condolences to those who lost a loved one in the incident and to those who suffered injuries, I wish a fast and full recovery," the deputy first minister added.

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