Nine Dead As Police Eurocopter Hits Glasgow Nightclub (Updated)

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AFP Photo: Andy Buchanan

AFP Photo: Andy Buchanan

A Eurocopter EC135 T2 police helicopter crashed Friday night into the roof of a Glasgow pub, which at least partially collapsed. Nine people, including the pilot and two others in the helicopter, were killed and 14 others were in the hospital with injuries. Early reports say the helicopter had a crew of two police officers and one civilian pilot and first responders formed a human chain to pass injured people out of the rubble. The helicopter reportedly came to rest mostly inside the pub. There was no smoke or fire. Late Friday, emergency personnel expected to be working though the night to rescue survivors they could hear but not reach.

Soon after the accident, the editor of the Scottish Sun, Gordon Smart, tweeted “Jesus. Think I just saw a helicopter crash in Glasgow.” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted, “My thoughts are with everyone affected by the helicopter crash in Glasgow — and the emergency services working tonight.” One local UK Parliament member was on scene shortly after the crash and said he saw at least 10 injured people, including some who appeared to be bleeding from head wounds, CNN reported. First reports did not indicate a number of fatalities.