'Scene of Horror': Copter Crashes Into Glasgow Pub

At least 1 dead, toll expected to rise

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 29, 2013 5:42 PM CST | Updated Nov 30, 2013 5:15 AM CST

(Newser) – At least one person is dead after the crash of a police helicopter through the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow, Scotland, last night, which sent injured revelers fleeing through a cloud of dust in what witnesses called a scene of horror. Officials say the toll is expected to climb as specialist search and rescue teams continue to probe the wreckage of The Clutha pub. Images on local television showed what appeared to be the helicopter's propeller sticking out of the pub's roof.

The helicopter had a crew of three: two police officers and a civilian pilot, according to Scottish police. Police said the aircraft was a Eurocopter EC135 T2 and came down around 10:30pm local time. There were reports that people may have been trapped inside, but those could not be immediately confirmed. Glasgow ska band Esperanza was playing when the helicopter began to fall through the ceiling, witnesses said. "It seems that the band are all OK. Not so sure about everyone else," the band's official Facebook page said. Witnesses described a chaotic scene as people rushed through a cloud of dust to get out, some with bad gashes to the head and other injuries. Story developing; the Mirror has live updates.

Firefighters and rescue workers inspect the damage on the roof of the building at the site of a helicopter crash, in Glasgow early Saturday Nov. 30, 2013.
Firefighters and rescue workers inspect the damage on the roof of the building at the site of a helicopter crash, in Glasgow early Saturday Nov. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo /Andrew Milligan, PA)
The police helicopter crashed late Friday night into the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow, Scotland, leaving the building littered with debris and emergency crews scrambling to the scene.
The police helicopter crashed late Friday night into the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow, Scotland, leaving the building littered with debris and emergency crews scrambling to the scene.   (AP Photo /Andrew Milligan, PA)
A firefighter and a rescue worker inspect the damage on the building, at the site of a helicopter crash,  in Glasgow early Saturday Nov. 30, 2013.
A firefighter and a rescue worker inspect the damage on the building, at the site of a helicopter crash, in Glasgow early Saturday Nov. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo /Andrew Milligan, PA)
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