8 Dead in Horrific Copter Crash

3 people in helicopter, 5 in pub killed in crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 30, 2013 10:25 AM CST
8 Dead in Horrific Copter Crash
Scottish Fire and Rescue services at the scene Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, following the helicopter crash at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow, Scotland.   (Scott Heppell)

Scottish police say eight people are now confirmed dead following the crash of a police helicopter into a crowded Glasgow pub last night. Chief Constable Stephen House says all those aboard the helicopter—two officers and a civilian pilot—died when the aircraft crashed into the roof of The Clutha pub and five other people were killed on the ground. He said today that 14 injured people remain in Glasgow hospitals following the crash.

The pub was packed and a ska band was in full swing when the chopper slammed through the roof. Locals described a "horrible scene," with patrons streaming out of the building covered in blood, with gashes and other injuries. Grace MacLean, who was inside the pub at the time, said she heard a "whoosh" noise and then saw smoke. "The band were laughing, and we were all joking that the band had made the roof come down," she told the BBC. "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." (More helicopter crash stories.)

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