Glasgow Helicopter Hell

A police helicopter crashed into a packed pub in the center of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, last night killing at least 8 people and injuring dozens more.

The helicopter appears to have plummeted to the ground when its rotors stopped working.

Two police officers and a civilian pilot who were in the aircraft died along with at least five people on the ground who were enjoying a night out at The Clutha bar, close to the banks of the River Clyde in the heart of the city.

In a press conference this afternoon, Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said that 14 others remain in a serious condition in hospital.

More than 30 people were injured in total when the helicopter crashed into the pub at around 10.25pm as around 125 revelers watched a performance from a ska band.

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This is already the third major air disaster in Britain this year, so far all involving helicopters, with a combined death total standing at 16 fatalities while scores of people were injured.

Britain Air Disasters 2013 Timeline:

  • 16 January 2013 — an Agusta AW109 collided with the jib of a construction crane and crashed in Vauxhall, London, killing the pilot and a pedestrian on the ground. Five people were taken to hospital and seven more were treated at the scene.
  • 23 August 2013 — A Super Puma L2 helicopter G-WNSB fell into the North Sea. The aircraft experienced a hard impact and overturned shortly after hitting the water. Four passengers were killed, while both crew and a further 12 passengers were rescued, most with injuries.
  • 29 November 2013 — Glasgow police helicopter crash. Eight people are known to have died in the accident: the three crew members of the helicopter, and five on the ground. Police are concerned more casualties may be discovered as the rescue and recovery operation continues.
  • Also, on July 20, 2013 — two British fly fishermen were killed in the north of Russia, when a Eurocopter-120 helicopter keeled over and struck them with its rotor blades.


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