Glasgow helicopter crash: Wreckage lifted from pub

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The wreckage of a police helicopter which crashed on to a pub, killing at least nine people, has been lifted from the building.

Three people on board the aircraft died when it landed on the Clutha Vaults bar as it returned from a police operation in Glasgow on Friday night.

The helicopter wreckage was removed this morning. Picture: getty

The helicopter wreckage was removed this morning. Picture: getty

Six people inside the pub were killed and police have not ruled out the possibility that more bodies could be recovered from the building.

The remains of the three-tonne Eurocopter has been lifted from the scene as the recovery operation and accident investigation continues.

The rotor blades and part of the tail were removed yesterday and the fuselage was secured and winched slowly through the roof of the building this morning. Specialist officers stood on either side of the aircraft as it was raised inch by inch by a crane.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief officer David Goodhew said: “Crews have been tunnelling underneath the helicopter to try to find further casualties and remove those where necessary.

“The helicopter is sheeted up. It’s extensively damaged.

“We will move it out, it will be in the air for a short while then be placed on the ground.

“As soon as it is on the ground, crews will be immediately put back into the building to complete their search and hopefully we will have completed the search within the next 90 minutes to two hours.”

Pilot David Traill, 51, died, along with officers Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43.

Two victims who were inside the pub have been named as 48-year-old Gary Arthur from Paisley and Samuel McGhee, 56, from Glasgow.

The popular bar was hosting live music on Friday night and was packed with more than 100 people when the accident happened at 10.25pm.

Twelve of the 32 people taken to hospital continue to receive treatment, with three in intensive care.