'Scene of Horror': Copter Crashes Into Glasgow Pub

At least 1 dead, toll expected to rise
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 29, 2013 5:42 PM CST
Updated Nov 30, 2013 5:15 AM CST
Helicopter Crashes Into Glasgow Pub
Firefighters and rescue workers inspect the damage on the roof of the building at the site of a helicopter crash, in Glasgow early Saturday Nov. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo /Andrew Milligan, PA)

(Newser) – At least one person is dead after the crash of a police helicopter through the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow, Scotland, last night, which sent injured revelers fleeing through a cloud of dust in what witnesses called a scene of horror. Officials say the toll is expected to climb as specialist search and rescue teams continue to probe the wreckage of The Clutha pub. Images on local television showed what appeared to be the helicopter's propeller sticking out of the pub's roof.

The helicopter had a crew of three: two police officers and a civilian pilot, according to Scottish police. Police said the aircraft was a Eurocopter EC135 T2 and came down around 10:30pm local time. There were reports that people may have been trapped inside, but those could not be immediately confirmed. Glasgow ska band Esperanza was playing when the helicopter began to fall through the ceiling, witnesses said. "It seems that the band are all OK. Not so sure about everyone else," the band's official Facebook page said. Witnesses described a chaotic scene as people rushed through a cloud of dust to get out, some with bad gashes to the head and other injuries. Story developing; the Mirror has live updates. (Read more Scotland stories.)

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