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Glasgow helicopter inquest starts as search for survivors continues

Glasgow helicopter inquest starts as search for survivors continues
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With rescue operations still underway, questions are being asked about how a helicopter apparently “fell from the sky” onto a pub in Scotland on Friday.

Police are still searching for survivors beneath the collapsed roof of the Clutha Vaults bar in Glasgow. The number of people killed stands at eight, with 14 people still in a serious or critical condition in hospital. Police have identified one of the victims as 48-year-old Gary Arthur from Paisley and praised the courage of those first on the scene.

“Nobody expects on a Friday night for a helicopter to come down on the top of a pub where people are socialising and relaxing and a month before Christmas,” said Lewis Ramsay from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. He added: “It really is a heartfelt thanks to everybody that got involved last night to assist the fellow citizens”.

The police continued to call for public help, appealing for any footage of the crash to aid in their investigations.

An inquiry has been launched into how the Eurocopter 135 could have crashed into a crowded pub. Significant safety alerts grounded the EC135s last year.

With fire services still scouring the scene, relatives face an anxious wait to hear news of their loved ones.