Eight dead following police helicopter crash
Following the major incident at the Clutha Vaults, Stockwell Street, Glasgow around 2225 hours on Friday, Police Scotland have confirmed that the number of fatalities has risen to eight. Three of the bodies were found within the Police Scotland helicopter.
14 remain in Glasgow hospitals where they are being treated for a variety of serious injuries.
A major investigation is underway and the Air Accidents Investigations Branch will also conduct an inquiry into the cause of the crash.
Police Scotland, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service still have significant resources on the scene and continue to work together to rescue and recover those still inside the building.
Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said:
“Our thoughts and condolences are very much with the families of those who have died and those who have been injured in this tragic incident. We are working alongside our emergency services colleagues in the ongoing rescue operation. I would like to take this opportunity to praise the people of Glasgow who helped in the very early stages following the incident and commend their courage.
We are dealing with a very sensitive and complex operation and we expect that emergency services will be at the scene for some time. We would thank the public for their co-operation as our officers and other emergency service colleagues continue this difficult task.”