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Monday, December 2, 2013

Scottish Police Helicopter Crashes Into Pub in Glasgow City

Latest report confirms eight dead, 14 seriously injured.

By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief

Eurocopter EC135 T2 helicopter operated by Police Scotland crashed into a pub in Glasgow city center around 10.30pm on Friday, Nov. 29. At time of writing it has been confirmed that at least eight people were killed; the civilian pilot and two policemen who were inside the helicopter as well as five people on the ground. Fourteen other people remain in a serious condition in hospital.

Eyewitnesses said that the EC135 T2 (G-SPAO) "fell out of the sky" and crashed through the roof of a public house called The Clutha Vaults. There was little warning before the crash.

The EC135 T2 is operated by Strathclyde Police under contract from Bond Air Services. The helicopter is a twin engine Eurocopter and is popular across international police and emergency services. The EC135 first entered service in 1996 and over 1,000 have been built. Equipped with day/night sensors, police helicopters in the UK frequently operate over busy city centers during the late evening supporting ground police units.

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