- Posted November 29, 2013 by
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Police Helicopter Crashes into Glasgow Pub
At roughly 22:25 GMT, November 29th 2013, a helicopter crashed into The Clutha, an often crowded pub at the end of Clyde Street in Glasgow, Scotland.
A chaotic scene followed the crash, with people from the pub rushing out. Many people came out of the pub, conscious and unconscious, some with serious head wounds and injuries.
The crash happened literally 25 metres away from my house. The surrounding area is a very busy part of Glasgow, with multiple bars, restaurants and hotels very close by.
Emergency services were quick to respond, arriving 5 minutes just after the crash.
Many people already present, including Jim Murphy, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, were present to come to aid and help those affected.
The helicopter crashed through the roof of the pub on the lefthand side. The helicopter broke into multiple pieces. The main rotor blades can be seen sticking out of the pub's roof, along with the tail boom next to, but separate from it.
The tail boom of the helicopter seems to have 'POLICE' written across it, pointing to it being a police helicopter.
It remains unclear whether anyone on the ground was seriously injured or killed in the crash, however the police have confirmed that there were two police officers and a civilian pilot aboard the helicopter. It is unconfirmed whether they have been killed or not. There are several ambulance vehicles present at the scene.
From personal experience, the pub would have been very busy on a Friday evening. Many patrons frequent the pub on a regular basis and is very popular with many Glaswegians. People have reported that there was a live band at the venue at the time of the crash.
Currently as of 01:30 GMT, November 30th, emergency services can be seen still salvaging the wreck. A man lift is also seen elevated just over the pub.
Police have cordoned off the area allowing access to the pub, including the Gorbals Street bridge and Clyde Street, the street running alongside the pub for roughly 100 metres.
Emergency services have set up two tents next to the Clyde River, although the purposes of these tents remains unclear.
Many have taken to social media to express their sympathy and sadness about the accident.
British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted "My thoughts are with everyone affected by the helicopter crash in Glasgow - and the emergency services working tonight."