Death toll in crash raised to nine
LONDON (AP) — Scottish authorities used a crane to remove the wreckage of a police helicopter from the roof of a Glasgow pub today, and raised the death toll from its crash to nine.
The helicopter’s crew — two police officers and a civilian pilot — were all killed when it crashed through the roof of The Clutha pub on Friday night, which was packed with patrons taking in a local Ska band’s show.
Police said today that another body had been found inside the pub, bringing the total of fatalities inside to six.
Officials have not ruled out the possibility of finding more bodies once the helicopter is cleared away.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief officer David Goodhew said the helicopter is “extensively damaged” and that prior to the lift crews had been tunneling underneath the helicopter to try to find any further casualties.
Authorities say 12 people remain hospitalized with injuries from the accident, three of whom are in intensive care.