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article imageHelicopter hits Scottish pub, casualty numbers unknown

By Gar Swaffar     Nov 29, 2013 in World
Glasgow - A police helicopter has crashed into a pub in Glasgow, Scotland. Two police and a civilian pilot were aboard the aircraft, with more than 100 in the pub.
The BBC and Fox News are among the news sites monitoring the crash of a Police helicopter on top of the Cluth Pub in Glasgow, Scotland. The BBC website has a live feed for the latest information being tweeted and posted by authorities onsite.
The helicopter went down at 10:25 p.m. local time, Nov 30, 2013.
So far, the number of casualties is neither known, nor being reported fully until total knowledge of the situation has been confirmed by police, fire and rescue officials on site.
What is known is that the helicopter "dropped like a stone" on to the roof of the pub. Photos at BBC show a rotor sticking out through the roof of the pub.
From the BBC live feed a partial recap of the situation includes:
A police helicopter has crashed on to the roof of the crowded Clutha pub on the banks of the River Clyde in the centre of Glasgow
Police Scotland said two of its officers and a civilian pilot were on board but it could not confirm any details of injuries
It is thought about 120 people were in the pub at the time of the crash
Eyewitnesses described seeing the helicopter falling like a stone from the sky
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said given an incident of this scale we must prepare ourselves for fatalities
The Police Scotland Casualty Bureau number - 0800 092 0410 - is now live.
The police are asking concerned individuals to not call the number given unless they have concerns about family or friends who may be involved in the incident. The police are also asking people to call home and let friends and family know if they are safe.
One person who was close by when the incident occurred was Edward Waltham, he was heading to the Clutha Pub to meet a friend and was only 50 metres away when the incident occurred.
He told BBC News: "I was heading into the pub to meet a friend who went just a few minutes before me and unfortunately was in the pub when the incident happened and I was making my way along to meet him. I was only 50 metres away when I heard the explosion which stopped me in my tracks. When I looked up there was a very obvious cloud of smoke and I could see it was coming from the Clutha pub. At that point I just ran towards the pub."
Definite answers are totally missing at this time, however, authorities appear to be working hard at finding all of the pub patrons who were inside, despite the unstable nature of the entire building.
There may have been more than 120 people inside the pub when the Eurocopter EC135 T2 helicopter struck through the roof.
From Fox, "Given an incident of this scale, we must all prepare ourselves for the likelihood of fatalities," said Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party and first minister of Scotland.
Undoubtedly more information will be available in the following hours, those details may establish the full cost of this horrible incident.
From BBC site:
0522:
The BBC's James Shaw said: "We are told 125 firefighters are still involved in this operation and they are determined to get people out of this building as soon as possible."
0520:
The BBC's James Shaw said: "We know that there are people alive inside the Clutha. The fire service said earlier that they were speaking to people."
Rescue workers examine the wreckage of a police helicopter which crashed onto the roof of the Clutha...
Rescue workers examine the wreckage of a police helicopter which crashed onto the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow, Scotland November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Russell Cheyne
Rescue workers cover the wreckage of a police helicopter which crashed onto the roof of the Clutha V...
Rescue workers cover the wreckage of a police helicopter which crashed onto the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub in Glasgow, Scotland November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Russell Cheyne
Police officers speak to to two women at a hotel adjacent to where helicopter crashed on a pub in th...
Police officers speak to to two women at a hotel adjacent to where helicopter crashed on a pub in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Andrew Winning
An officer walks past a police cordon set up around the site of a helicopter crash on a pub in the c...
An officer walks past a police cordon set up around the site of a helicopter crash on a pub in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Andrew Winning
Paul Watt  a regular at the Clutha pub  reacts at the police cordon set up around the site of a heli...
Paul Watt, a regular at the Clutha pub, reacts at the police cordon set up around the site of a helicopter crash on the Clutha in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Andrew Winning
A street is cordoned off around the site of a helicopter crash on a pub in the centre of Glasgow  Sc...
A street is cordoned off around the site of a helicopter crash on a pub in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Andrew Winning
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