Scotland mourns helicopter crash victims, search for bodies continues at Glasgow pub

SCOTTISH rescuers continued the search for bodies inside the wreckage of a Glasgow pub on Sunday as the nation said prayers for the eight killed in a freak police helicopter accident.

Fourteen people remained in hospital with serious injuries after the helicopter came crashing through the roof of The Clutha, a popular live music bar in Scotland’s biggest city.

Well over 100 people were watching a local ska band play on a busy Friday night in the city centre pub by the River Clyde when the unexplained disaster struck.

The occupants of the helicopter – pilot David Traill, 51, along with constables Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43 – were killed returning from a police operation.

Both constables were members of the helicopter unit and had both previously been commended for acts of bravery, Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said on Sunday.

The daughter of 48-year-old Gary Arthur from Paisley, who was inside the pub, paid tribute to her father, writing on Twitter “you’ll always mean the world to me”.

The four other victims who were in the busy bar have not yet been identified and police have not ruled out the possibility more bodies could be recovered from the wreckage.

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