Monday, December 2, 2013

Scotland Mourns Pub Copter Crash Victims











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Candles were lit Sunday as Scotland remembered the Glasgow pub helicopter crash victims, while rescuers toiled to salvage bodies from the wreckage. Emergency service workers began attempts to winch the police aircraft back through the roof of The Clutha – located at 167-169, Stockwell Street – where it is feared further corpses may be found under its carcass, raising the death toll.
 
Eight fatalities have been confirmed so far. Police on Sunday identified four of the victims who perished Friday night. Three of the victims were crew members of Police Scotland's Air Support Unit and the fourth was a pub patron, authorities said. The dead include pilot David Traill, 51, police constables Kirsty Nelis, 36, Tony Collins, 43, and local resident Gary Arthur, 48, they said.
 
More than 100 people were watching a Glaswegian ska band in the popular live music bar by the River Clyde on Friday night when the chopper fell from the night sky.
 
Until the copter is completely removed from the scene and rescuers are able to look through the rubble and start to clear it, it cannot be ascertained for sure about the exact number of deaths. Following the accident, some 32 people were taken away by ambulance. Twelve are still in hospital having sustained serious injuries.
 
The whirlybird had been returning to Glasgow after an operation, though no further details have been released about the flight. Police Scotland said the Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 passed precautionary safety checks in July 2012.
 
A minute's silence was held ahead of the Scottish Cup football match yesterday between Celtic and hosts Hearts in Edinburgh.

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