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Glasgow Helicopter Crash

By DPF Admin30th November 2013Latest News

Major Incident Glasgow – Update

Published 16:38 on PS website

Following the major incident at the Clutha Vaults, Stockwell Street, Glasgow around 2225 hours on Friday, Police Scotland can now confirm 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.”

 

Contact Details

The telephone number for members of the public who are concerned about relatives who may have been involved in the Glasgow helicopter crash is

0800 092 0410

Callers should ONLY contact this number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident.

 

Statement by Chief Constable Sir Stephen House

Published 11:08 on PS website

Statement by Chief Constable – Police Scotland, Sir Stephen House following the press conference at Govan, Saturday 30th November 2013:

“I would like to take this opportunity this morning to express the deep sorrow that we feel within Police Scotland. The thoughts of myself and all of our people are with those involved in the tragic incident last night when a Police Scotland helicopter crashed on to the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub here in Glasgow.

“Police Scotland is co-ordinating the response to the incident which includes specialist teams from Scottish Fire and Rescue and our colleagues from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“As we speak highly-trained firefighters from all over Scotland are carrying out a rescue operation at the scene; they are continuing to make the building safe to allow full examination of the scene to ensure that everyone is recovered from the scene.

“A full and thorough investigation into what happened last night has already begun. The Air Accident Investigation branch are here in Glasgow and will be leading their own investigation into the causes of this tragic incident.

“At this time I can confirm that 32 injured people were taken by ambulance from the scene last night. They were taken to three different hospitals in Glasgow. Sadly at this time, I can also confirm one fatality. We expect that number to increase over the coming hours.

“This is a very difficult and sensitive operation. The scene is and, as you have probably seen on the media, a particularly challenging one. Given the damage caused and the nature of the damage it will take some time to complete the search of the building and to assess how we begin the investigation. Clearly the safety of those conducting the search is of the highest importance balanced with the search and rescue operation that is ongoing.

“At this time I would like to recognise the efforts of all in the emergency services and in the health service who received so many injured at one time and also pay particular tribute to the public in Glasgow who responded at the time magnificently in rescuing people from the scene.

“I want to end where I started by saying the thoughts of my organisation are with all those affected by this tragic incident.”

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