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No more bodies found at Glasgow Clutha bar crash helicopter site

  • 12-2-2013

No further bodies were found during the final phase of a recovery operation at the Glasgow pub which was hit by a police helicopter.

Nine people died at the scene after the aircraft crash-landed on to The Clutha bar at 22:25 on Friday.

Emergency services concluded the recovery operation with a "finger-tip" search of the building.

The three helicopter crew died in the incident, along with six people inside the pub. Six victims have been named.

Samuel McGhee, 56, of Glasgow, and 48-year-old Gary Arthur, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, had both been inside the pub.

The three dead helicopter crew were pilot David Traill, 51, and PCs Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43.

Mark O'Prey has been named locally as another victim who had been inside the pub.

Earlier, his family had expressed frustration at the amount of information they had been given about the recovery operation.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde medical director, Dr Jennifer Armstrong, said that 12 of the 32 people who were injured in the crash were still in hospital.

David Miller, deputy chief inspector of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), revealed on Monday that the pilot had not made a mayday call before its vertical descent.

He said: "I can confirm that the helicopter does not have a flight data recorder. However, it does have a significant number of modern electronic systems on board and it may be possible to recover recorded data from those systems.

"There were no emergency transmissions from the pilot before this accident."

Mr Miller said nothing detached from the craft in flight before the crash.

The wreckage, which was removed on Monday morning, has been loaded on to a lorry and is being taken to the AAIB base in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Following the operation, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: "Helicopter has now been safely removed which will allow our specialist urban search and rescue crews to continue search of building."

A short time later two private ambulances, escorted by Police Scotland outriders, left the scene of the tragedy.

Rescuers including firefighters, ambulance staff and police officers formed a guard of honour as the vehicles passed by.

Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick later said the body of the ninth person had been removed from the scene and taken to the city's Southern general Hospital for formal identification.

She said that in due course the helicopter wreckage would arrive at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch's Farnborough facility "for detailed examination".

She added: "This now enables us, working with colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, to continue the search and recovery operation within the site, to satisfy ourselves that all the victims of Friday night's tragic incident have been recovered."

Deputy Chief Constable Fitzpatrick said the operation continued to be "difficult and complex" and a "painstaking process" was "underway to search and also preserve the scene".

She also acknowledged the strain this was placing on the families of people who are presumed to have died in the tragedy.

Earlier, the father of Mark O'Prey told the BBC about his frustration over the amount of time the operation was taking.

Ian O'Prey said: "I thought if they'd made a better attempt on the Saturday night, I thought they perhaps could have got them out a lot earlier than they did but I think they were more concerned about this helicopter."

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