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article imageReport: Glasgow helicopter tragedy, engines 'flamed out'

By Amanda Payne     Feb 16, 2014 in World
Glasgow - A report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch says that both engines "flamed out" on the helicopter that crashed into The Clutha bar in Glasgow on November 29, 2013.
The investigation is continuing to find out why the engines failed, causing the helicopter to fall out of the sky onto the roof of the pub killing 10 people. The Glasgow Evening Times reports that investigators are wanting to find out why the engines failed even though there was 76kg of fuel on the aircraft and "why no emergency radio transmission was received from the pilot, and why, following the double engine failure, an autorotative descent and flare recovery was not achieved."
The interim report says there was "no evidence of foreign object damage or intake or exhaust blockage in either engine," nor any faults with the transmission or rotor system. The helicopter did not have a black box but the investigation team have been able to piece together the details of its last flight. The Police Scotland helicopter had been on a routine flight and was returning to its base beside the River Clyde when the engines failed and the helicopter crashed at 22.22. No CCTV footage has been found and eyewitnesses at the time describe the craft as falling out of the sky like a stone. All three on board the helicopter died instantly and seven people in the packed pub were also killed. More than 30 people were injured.
Last night (Feb 15) a benefit gig was held in Glasgow to raise funds for the families of those who lost their lives and those who were injured. Amongst the groups playing were Big Country and Frightened Rabbit. One of the organisers told the Daily Record: "It was a gig for people to celebrate everything good about Glasgow and The Clutha past and present, in order to help the city move on and put the heartache of tragic events in November behind it."
The Clutha was a popular music venue and was packed on the night of the crash. Fresh flowers are placed daily outside the damaged building by locals and tourists alike. As reported by Digital Journal, a benefit single has also been released called "Won't Forget," which can be heard in the video at the top of this article.
It will be some time before the full investigation is completed and details of exactly what caused the crash will become known. Meanwhile, Glasgow continues to remember those who lost their lives in The Clutha.
Rescue workers examine the wreckage of a police helicopter  which crashed onto the roof of the Cluth...
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
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
Britain s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (3rd R) and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael (R) ar...
Britain's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (3rd R) and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael (R) arrive with flowers near a helicopter crash scene in central Glasgow, Scotland December 3, 2013. Nine people were killed and 14 others seriously injured when a police helicopter crashed into the roof of the packed 'Clutha' pub on Friday night
With permission by Reuters / Russell Cheyne
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