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November 29, 2013

Three are dead after a police helicopter crashed into a pub in Glasgow, Scotland.

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'Multiple injuries' after police helicopter crashes into crowded pub in Scotland

A police helicopter with three people on board crashed into the roof of a crowded pub in Glasgow on Friday night. There are reports of multiple injuries and fatalities are feared. 'Major incident' has been declared at the site.

Jim Murphy, the shadow international development secretary, told BBC that a “pile of people” were clambering out of the Clutha Bar on the banks of the River Clyde. About 40 fire brigades were present at the scene, he added.

Emergency services could not immediately confirm any injuries. But local journalist Rebecca Gray reported that there were around 100 people inside the Clutha Bar at the moment of the accident.

“Rescue efforts in full operation,” Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said on Twitter. “Given an incident of this scale we must all prepare ourselves for the likelihood of fatalities.”

There have been no reports of explosions or fire following the crash.

The crashed helicopter belonged to Police Scotland. Pictures from the site of the crash show wreckage of the helicopter with ‘police’ written on it. Police says two officers and a civilian pilot were aboard the Eurocopter EC135 T2 helicopter.

Police Roll of Honour Trust tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the crew of @policescotland SP99 helicopter that has crashed in Glasgow - hoping everyone is alright.” 

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