Witnesses are confirming that it is a Police helicopter and that the rotors were not spinning as it fell from the sky. Surprisingly there has not
been an explosion or fireball. Initial reports of casualties but no official confirmation.
Pictures on BBC news clearly show a mangled Police Helicopter.
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It is a residential area, local people and passers initially rushed to assist, people still being pulled from wreckage.
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A nearby Holiday Inn is being used as an Emergency Incident/Assembly Point.
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Further reports say people involved remained calm during an orderly evacuation and so far there are no reports of mass casualties. Best wishes for
all those involved and effected, and hoping the casualty reports stay light.
Hope that no one has been killed in this accident. Thankfully no fire as yet....
From Sky News:
Page last updated 00:16AM Saturday November 30, 2013 A police helicopter has crashed into a pub roof on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow. The
aircraft struck The Clutha in Stockwell Street which was packed with drinkers at the time. One image of the crash on social media sites showed the
dark blue helicopter on the roof with yellow "Police" insignia on part of the wreckage. Emergency services were unable to confirm if there were any
injuries, but there are reports that people may be trapped in the venue, where a local band were playing on Friday evening. The Police Roll of Honour
Trust tweeted "Our thoughts are with the crew of @policescotland SP99 helicopter that has crashed in Glasgow - hoping everyone is alright." Labour's
international development spokesman Jim Murphy, who was among those helping the wounded out of the pub, tweeted: "Terrible here in Glasgow Helicopter
crashed into roof of pub". He told Sky News: "I just saw dozens and dozens of people coming out of the pub. It is a horrible, horrible scene. "The
helicopter is currently embedded in the roof of the pub and the emergency services are doing their very, very best to get the people who are still
inside the pub, and probably those who were in the helicopter, to safety." Mr Murphy said people formed a human chain to help pass unconscious people
out of the pub so that "inch by inch, we could get the people out". He said: "I think the building's only about 18ft, 20ft, tall so part of the
helicopter is sticking out, but most of the helicopter is in the building." Wesley Shearer, who posted pictures on Twitter of the scene, said there
had been "talk of fatalities", but this has not been confirmed. "This is unbelievable," he tweeted shortly after the crash. "Just spent 20 minutes
pulling people out of the bar." Jan Hollands, who also tweeted pictures from the scene, said she heard the crash and described it as "scary".
Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said there were 15 fire engines at the scene along with specialist services. Gordon Smart, editor of the Sun's
Scottish edition, told Sky News: "I was in a car park and looked up and saw a helicopter which I think was a police helicopter. "It was just such a
surreal moment. It looked like it was dropping from a great height at a great speed. I'm about 80% sure that it was a police helicopter. "There was
no fireball and I did not hear an explosion. It fell like a stone. The engine seemed to be spluttering." Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "My
thoughts are with everyone affected by the helicopter crash in Glasgow - and the emergency services working tonight." First Minister Alex Salmond
said: "The emergency services are in full operation. Our thoughts are with everyone involved. Scottish resilience operation now mobilised." More
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Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has just tweeted that we should prepare for the possibility of fatalities and other serious injuries. I would
like to thank all contributors and add my own sentiments to those who helped others in this incident. I am keeping all those involved in my thoughts.
Three revellers are feared dead after a police helicopter crashed into the roof of an iconic pub in Glasgow City Centre.
Dozens have been injured and witnesses at the scene say people are still trapped in the venue and emergency services have been dragging customers out
of the premises.
The aircraft hit The Clutha on Stockwell Street, which faces onto the river Clyde.
David Cameron, Ed Miliband, and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond have all taken to Twitter to express their concern for those involved in the
Reports say around 200 people have been taken to a nearby Holiday Inn for treatment.
The emergency services have also been trying to get onto the roof to get access into the pub.
Yeah so there are definitely fatalities, there were three on-board the copter, but apparently the pilot dumped the fuel prior to impact so that most
likely saved a few lives. It's not a popular bar, somewhat out of the way, near the river away from the main City Center bars, it's a bit of a dive,
but opposite a Holiday Inn Express, so there may be a few foreign visitors involved.
Sorry op. You beat me with your post so Ive asked the mods to remove mine... I was speaking to a colleague who is capturing photographs there for some
info when you beat me..a sad night....Ive had a few pints there, a lovely old pub, and would be having live music tonight as is usual for a
Friday...heres praying casualties are low...but it would be packed..
It's right down at the Clyde, north of the river and kind of next door to the 'late' Paddy's Market, there's nothing else there just the holiday
inn across the road and a huge car park next to it for the St Enoch's Centre, which would have been closed anyway.
If there were 120 in the bar, then God help them, to be honest. That roof's gone.
They're telling people now to head to the central Mosque, just on the other side of the bridge for aid and assistance. Absolutely gutted by this. A
friday night of all nights. Unbelievable. I was in a pub earlier tonight myself when this happened and cannot fathom this kind of thing possibly
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